The railway budget sanctioned three lines for Madhya Pradesh, including two proposed earlier, apart from a survey of at least four new routes — three within the state and one connecting it with Uttar Pradesh.
As many as 47 rail overbridges and subways also find a mention in the rail budget for MP. The announcement that the Habibganj railway station will be redeveloped happens to be an old decision.
Madhya Pradesh will have a total outlay of Rs 4,325 crore in 2016-17, an increase of 23% over 2015-16.
The new rail lines include Indore-Manmad via Malegaon, Indore-Jabalpur and Bhind-Lahar-Konch. The first two lines were proposed earlier.
The survey will be for Jaisingh Nagar-Rewa, Mirzapur-Rewa, Dewas-Sonkachh-Ashta-Sehore and Alot-Tal-Jaora lines.
Doubling of lines will take place on the flyover between Powerkheda-Jujharpur, the Jukehi line in Katni, the Indore-Dewas-Ujjain route and the Gambhir bridge between Nagda and Ujjain. There will be gauge conversion on the Ujjain-Fatehabad route.
Talking to HT, Peethampur Audyogik Sangthan president Gautam Kothari said PPP projects meant a lot of uncertainty and much delay. For instance, he said, the original cost of the Indore-Manmad route was about Rs 1,100 crore when it was proposed. The cost has shot up to about Rs 3,000 crore now.
Kothari said under the PPP mode, MP will have to contribute about Rs 750 crore. As the state was not able to contribute Rs 300 crore when the cost of the project was Rs 1,100 crore it is doubtful if the state government will be able to contribute Rs 750 crore, particularly when it is facing a financial crisis.