Aug 25, 2016

Cabinet approves construction of third line between Itarsi and Nagpur

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for construction of third line between Itarsi and Nagpur at an estimated cost of Rs.2,449.91 crore and expected completion cost of Rs.2,882.94 crore. 

The 280 km long railway line is expected to be completed in five years. 

Besides facilitating the travel, industries in and around Itarsi-Nagpur route will have additional transport capacity to meet their requirements. Hoshangabad, Chhindwara and Betul districts of Madhya Pradesh and Nagpur district of Maharashtra will be covered by this line. 

Background: 

Itarsi-Nagpur route is a BG double electrified line serving passenger as well as Goods traffic from North to South. The line capacity utilization of the section is saturated and running of additional Mail/Express and Goods traffic over the section cause detention to the trains. On this route Teegaon-Chichonda project has already been sanctioned. To cope up with the local demands and to have smooth movement of goods traffic, it is essential to construct 3rd line on Dharakoh-Maramjhiri Ghat Section (12.75 km) and balance on the Itarsi-Nagpur section (267 km).