With thrust on infrastructure expansion, the railway budget-2015-16 allotted a number of projects related with laying/doubling of tracks, re-modelling of yards and modernisation of satellite stations to Uttar Pradesh.
However, the fact that no new train was given to the state, which has elected 73 MPs in the ruling BJP-led NDA at the Centre, surprised many.
The state under which come three zones —Northern Railways (NR), North Central Railways (NCR) and North Easter n Railways (NER) — however, got a decent share in network enhancing projects, said an official.
The stations that fall under the jurisdiction of NR got as many as 2,003 projects related with laying of new lines, doubling and gauge conversion of tracks.
“It is for the first time that so many projects have been announced in one go,” said Neeraj Sharma, chief public relation officer (CPRO), NR while claiming that in the last budget, the state had got only 756 projects related with new lines and doubling of tracks.
As per the budget announcement, new tracks would be laid from Utretia to Zafrabad (148 km stretch), Rae Bareli to Akbarganj (46 km), Sultanpur to Amethi (29 km) and Sultanpur to Kadipur (38 km).
The NR’s doubling projects entail the doubling of railway lines from Phaphamau to Allahabad (12.9 km), Lohta to Bhadohi (39 km) Utretia to Rae Bareli (65.6 km), Meerut to Muzaffarnagar (55.47 km) and some others. Besides NR also got 806 electrification projects and construction of 123 rail over bridges (ROB) in the budget. The NCR stations also bagged a series of projects related with laying of new lines, gauge conversion, computerisation and others.
As per the budget, 14 new lines would be laid and 15 lines will undergo gauge conversion under the division. “Electrification work from Kanpur to Mankipur via Bheemsen and Jhansi to Mankipur has been sanctioned in the budget. The doubling projects comprise of doubling of Allahabad to Itawah stretch, Allahabad to Mugalsarai stretch and Mathura to Bina stretch via Jhansi. Besides renewal of tracks, signalling and telecommunication works, road safety works and several other projects were sanctioned,” said Amit Malviya, public relation officer, NCR.
In the NER division, the development and modernisation of satellite stations remained the main agenda.
“Gomti Nagarstation’s modernisation has been finally announced in the budget. It is among the list of satellite station that will be modernised,” said Anoop Kumar, divisional railway manager (DRM), Lucknow Division, NER, while addressing a post rail budget conference on Thursday.
Among the budgetary allocations, NER got 11 new railway tracks, doubling of 16 tracks, 31 track renewal works and 300 projects of signalling and telecommunication among others.
Kumar said Lucknow Junction was among the stations which would be declared free Wi-Fi zone. “We are working on it and the Wi-Fi zones will be introduced by the end of this financial year,” he said.