Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated several railway projects worth approximately Rs 2,300 crore in Madhya Pradesh. The projects include the foundation stone laying for the redevelopment of the Gwalior railway station, as well as electrification and gauge conversion projects. The redevelopment of the Gwalior railway station, which will cost Rs 534.70 crore, will transform it into a world-class establishment with a built-up area of 48,061 sqm, providing enhanced passenger experience and modern facilities. These facilities include better illumination, lifts and escalators, and adequate wayfinding and signages, as well as spacious waiting areas and recreational facilities.
The Prime Minister also inaugurated the Rewa-Itwari-Rewa train service, which will operate four days a week and provide easy access to industrial hubs, educational centers, and must-see tourist destinations in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. Furthermore, two new train services were launched, one of which is equipped with 12 coaches, paving the way for development and tourism growth in the region.
Additionally, the state achieved a milestone by completing the electrification of the existing Broad Gauge rail network covering 4,811.15 route km, including the electrification of Mahoba-Khajuraho-Udaipura and Birlanagar-Udi Mor railway lines. The electrification projects will reduce carbon footprint and lower operating costs.
PM Modi also inaugurated the Chhindwara-Nainpur-Mandla Fort gauge conversion project, which has been completed at a cost of Rs 1,504 crore. This 183-km long conversion project will provide broad gauge rail connectivity in tribal districts, paving the way for employment opportunities, economic growth, and development. It will also provide easy access for tourists visiting Kanha National Park.