Rail funds up this time

Barely 2 per cent of the total railway budget for 2018-19, but Jharkhand's share rose by 14 per cent compared to that of the previous fiscal, 2017-18.

By Our correspondent in Ranchi
  • Published 7.02.18
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Ranchi: Barely 2 per cent of the total railway budget for 2018-19, but Jharkhand's share rose by 14 per cent compared to that of the previous fiscal, 2017-18.

"Jharkhand has been allocated Rs 2,933 crore in the railway budget for 2018-19 compared to Rs 2,583 crore in the previous year," said divisional railway manager (DRM) of Ranchi V.K. Gupta.Two new track laying projects have also been sanctioned and these would be taken up during 2018-19," he added while speaking to the media here on Tuesday evening.

Tracks are to be laid on the 35-km long Parasnath-Madhuban-Giridih route at an estimated cost of Rs 729 crore and on the 45-km long Namkum-Kandra line at a cost of Rs 2,120 crore.

A 27-km link-line between Lodhma and Piska stations was also sanctioned -estimated to cost Rs 428.65 crore -to help bypass Hatia and Ranchi stations and reduce congestion in that sector.

Survey work for an alternative connection to the now closed Dhanbad-Chandrapura section has also been sanctioned, DRM Gupta said, adding that these would be done in three sections, namely Nichitpur-Tunda Halt (7km), Bhuli-Tetulmari-Nichitpur and Dhanbad-New Kusunda-Bhuli (3km).

"Doubling of the Hatia-Orga section has also been sanctioned and the work would involve an estimated expenditure Rs 200 crore," he added.

On passenger amenities, the railway official said that Rs 250 crore would be spent on constructing foot over-bridges and raising low platforms at some stations, Rs 150 crore on improving amenities at stations and another Rs 150 crore on installing lifts and escalators at some stations.

A second entry point would also be constructed at Jasidih station at a cost of Rs 68 crore.

"I am happy," Gupta signed off when asked about his overall reaction to allocations made by the budget for Jharkhand.