Government approved massive line expansion programme to the tune of about Rs 21,000 crores to facilitate smooth movement of freight and passenger trains in 11 states. The move is going to give a big push to rail infrastructure. The expansion programme includes nine projects of track construction for a total length of 1937.38 km at an estimated cost of Rs 20867.24 crore. The Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi gave the green signal to create a capacity to carry 1.5 billion tonnes of goods by 2020. It is a huge capacity augmentation programme aiming at decongesting the main trunk routes for faster movement of coal, minerals, steel and other commodities and introduction of more mail and express trains. The move will be a big boost to capacity augmentation on the fully saturated golden quadrangle rail corridors. Envisaged to give big fillip in the transportation of coal, minerals, and steel sector, the expansion will benefit 11 States across Eastern, Western, Central, Northern and Southern India. The programme aims to cater to the future traffic growth and will be a big help in removing capacity constraints and improving punctuality. Since July 2015 till date 53 (out of 77) projects for a total length of 5019.11 kms costing Rs 48555.25 crore have been approved.
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