The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, approved the construction of a third line between Mathura and Jhansi at an estimated cost of Rs. 3,677.76 Crores and expected completion cost of Rs. 4,377.13 Crores in the Year 2015-16.
The 273.80 km long railway line is expected to be completed in six years. Besides facilitating the travel, goods trains passing through this section will get adequate capacity for smooth running. Mathura, Agra, Jhansi districts of Uttar Pradesh, Datiya, Gwalior, Morena districts of Madhya Pradesh and Dholpur district of Rajasthan will be covered by this line.
Brief about the Project:
- The 274 km long Mathura-Jhansi 3rd line project was sanctioned in the Year 2015-16 to eliminate capacity constraints and to cater for future growth of traffic on the important north-south corridor of Indian Railways.
- This bidirectional 3rd line project starts from Mathura station and traverses 31 intermediate stations covering 3 districts of Uttar Pradesh (98 km), 3 districts of Madhya Pradesh (140.80 km) & 1 district of Rajasthan (35 Km).
- The section crosses major rivers like Govardhan, Chambal, Kuari & Sindh etc.
- The proposed alignment is running mostly parallel to the existing DN track except between Kitham and Bhandai stations for a length of 26 km in which Agra Cantt. and Raja ki Mandi stations have been by-passed.
- Mathura-Jhansi section is a BG double line on New Delhi-Mumbai CST route. This project will enhance capacity, reduce detention and cater for future growth of traffic.
- At present, the number of passenger and goods trains in this section are far more than its capacity, resulting in heavy detention of trains.
Source: RVNL- Press Release | Images Credit: MoR