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Rail link to cut Jabalpur-Indore distance by 90 km

bhopal Updated: Feb 25, 2016 21:25 IST
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new railway route between Jabalpur and Indore

Traffic jam at Subhash Nagar railway crossing in Bhopal on Thursday. Railway announced ROB on this crossing in rail budget. (Mujeeb Faruqui/ HT photo)

The new railway route between Jabalpur and Indore will reduce the distance between the two cities by 90 km, West Central Railways (WCR) general manager Ramesh Chandra said on Thursday. Slew of new projects for western MP have been announced in the budget.

After railways minister Suresh Prabhu tabled the budget in Lok Sabha, the WCR general manager told press in Bhopal that the ministry will offer a complete package (train journey, safaris and accommodation) to cover the wildlife circuits of Kanha, Pench and Bandhavgarh.

The railways took the decision to spread awareness on save the tiger, he said.

The general manager said the WCR will upgrade the facilities at the Habibganj station to an international level in the next financial year but the amount of funds was not finalized for some technical reasons.

The WCR got Rs 1,200 crore for construction of flyovers on 29 railway crossings in Jabalpur, Bhopal and Kota Rajasthan) divisions. There is no unmanned level crossing on any rail route crossing the WCR covering these divisions, he said.

The general manager said there Rs 151 crore is allocated for electrification of Guna-Gwalior route and Rs 141 crore for Guna-Maksi route.

An additional Rs 350 crore is allocated for the ongoing electrification work of Itarsi-Jabalpur-Manikpur route.

WiFi facilities are being introduced at Jabalpur, Bhopal, Kota stations and it will cover 14 more stations.

Seventeen more stations of the WCR will be covered under the e-catering facilities. The facility is available at five stations only.