Cabinet approves doubling of 111.20 km long Rajkot-Kanalus railway line

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has approved the doubling of the Rajkot-Kanalus railway line. The total estimated cost of the project will be Rs.1,080.58 crore and its escalated / completion cost is Rs.1,168.13 crore.

About the project:

  • The total length of the doubling of the line is 111.20 km.
  • The project will be completed in four years.
  • The existing goods traffic handled on the section mainly consists of POL, Coal, Cement, Fertilizer and Food grains. 
  • The freight is generated from industries connected to private sidings taking off from the project route alignment. 
  • Future substantial Goods traffic is projected by big industries like Reliance Petroleum, ESSAR oil and Tata Chemical. 
  • The single line BG section between Rajkot-Kanalus has become over saturated and there is a need for an additional parallel BG line to ease out operational working.
  • 30 pairs of passenger/mail express trains are plying on the section and existing line capacity utilization with the maintenance block is up to 157.5%. 
  • Detention to both Goods and Passenger traffic will be reduced considerably after doubling. 
  • Doubling of the section will increase the capacity and more traffic can be introduced on the system.
  • The proposed doubling from Rajkot to Kanalus would lead to all round development of Saurashtra region.

Source: PIB-Press Release | Image Credit (representational): MoR