Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday announced three new railway lines and electrification of two routes in Rajasthan in his budget.
Though Prabhu did not announce any new trains for the state or increase the frequency of existing trains, he sanctioned 17 railway over bridges (RoBs) and 31 railway under bridges (RuBs) apart from a water recycling plant for Kota Railway station, railway officials said.
In Jaipur, the Khatipura railway station will be developed as a new terminal facility at a cost of Rs 87 crore, to ease passenger load in the city, said Anil Singhal, general manager of North Western Railways.
He further said LED display boards at 40 stations in Jaipur and Ajmer railway divisions will be replaced at a cost of Rs 4.24 crore and a new sewerage treatment plant will be built at the Jaipur Central railway hospital.
A water recycling plant will be set up at the Kota railway station at a cost of Rs 2.92 crore, said Seema Kumar, divisional railway manager of Kota.
The budget has sanctioned electrification of the 188-km Jaipur-Sawai Madhopur-Ringus and 97-km Bandikui-Bharatpur railway lines and new lines between Jaisalmer and Bhabbhar, Parbatsar and Kishangarh, and Bhiwani and Loharu, she said. “There are plans to lay new lines on Jalore-Sirohi Road-Udaipur, Bilara-Bar, Ratangarh-Fatehpur, Sardarshahar-Taranagar-Rajgarh, Sardarshahar-Suratgarh and Nawalgarh-Jhajjar-Neem ka Thana. The budget has announced survey of these new lines and for doubling of Bikaner-Jaipur rail track.”
Four stations – Shri Vijaynagar, Mahenderagarh, Srikaranpur and Gogameri – will be developed as “Adarsh Stations,” said Singhal.
Chief minister Vasundhara Raje lauded the budget, saying that it fulfills the expectations of common man.
Former chief minister Ashok Gehlot said the state has been neglected for the second year in a row.
“We were expecting announcements of big railway projects like Banswara-Dungarpur-Ratlam, Merta-Pushkar railway lines and a railway coach factory in Bhilwara, but there was no mention about these projects in the rail budget,” he said.