Railway plans to take up track doubling
In its quest to ease congestion of rail traffic on Agra-Bina and Agra-Jaipur routes, Indian Railway has decided to take up track doubling of two vital railway corridors connecting several tourist destinations in North and South India at an investment of Rs.9,204 crore. Funds for doubling tracks have already be cleared in the budget for the 150km Agra-Bandikui route and laying a 429 km fourth line of tracks between Mathura and Bina via Agra and Dholpur, said general manager of north central railways (NCR) M C Chauhan, and that the ambitious project is expected to double passenger train services on these routes. In the next three years, Railway expects to complete doubling the 150 km Agra Fort-Bandikui section, which will increase the efficiency of train operations and reduce travel time. Similarly, the Mathura-Dholpur and Dholpur-Bina sections will be completed in the next few years. The fourth line from Mathura to Bina will help increase the volume of goods transported. Currently, close to 25 trains operate between Agra and Jaipur on this route. Apart from these two ambitious projects, the railway has also approved funds for a survey of by-passes for Kachhpura, Etawah, Guna, Ruthiyai, Sawai Madhopur, Ramganjmandi and Naini, he added.