The Network Planning Group under PM GatiShakti recommends four infra projects in its meeting

These projects will be developed along with the principles of PM GatiShakti using the integrated and holistic approach, according to a statement from the Ministry of Trade and Industry. These projects will also provide multimodal connectivity, seamless movement of goods and people, and nationwide logistic efficiencies.

The meeting, held on Sunday, was chaired by Special Secretary of the Logistics Department of the Ministry of Industry and Domestic Trade Promotion (DPIIT), Sumita Dawra.

senior officials of the telecommunications department; Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change; Ministry of Railways; Department of Ports, Shipping and Waterways; Ministry of Civil Aviation; The Ministry of Energy, NITI Aayog, the Ministry of Road and Highways, the Ministry of Oil and Gas and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy were present at the meeting.

A project by the Ministry of Railways to construct a double broad gauge line between Sawai Madhopur and Jaipur in the state of Rajasthan has been examined by the NPG. The project extends approximately 131 km from Sawai Madhopur to Jaipur and is considered a major infrastructure initiative.

According to a statement from the Department of Trade and Industry, the project, once completed, is expected to improve line capacity to 71 percent without a maintenance block and 80 percent with a maintenance block by 2026-27.

The Jaipur-Sawai Madhopur route serves as a feeder to the Delhi-Mumbai route and is the main link between Jaipur, its environs and Mumbai, the southern and eastern parts of India. The proposed project would help reduce congestion on the existing single-line network, resulting in an uninterrupted flow of traffic.

In addition, NPG has evaluated a project proposed by the Ministry of Railways to construct a new broad gauge line between Anand Nagar Ghughuli and Maharajganj on the Northeastern Railway in Uttar Pradesh. The proposed project extends 53 km from Anand Nagar.

The project is expected to enhance the region’s economic development by providing a direct broad gauge line to the project area. The new line would serve as an alternative and shorter route for trains running from Valmikinagar to Gonda via Maharajganj without having to stop at Gorakhpur Junction, the Ministry of Trade and Industry said.

Passengers would benefit as the only transportation currently available in this section is road transport. In addition, the railway line is intended to facilitate the transport of cement, fertilizers, coal and grain. In addition, the railway line would allow freight traffic to Nepal.

Another railway project to construct a new broad gauge line between Junagarh and Nabarangpur railway station in Odisha state has been examined by the NPG.

The proposed project extends approximately 116 km from Junagarh to Nabarangpur. The construction of this new line is expected to reduce the distance from the iron ore mines in Bailadela to various steel mills in the Raipur region by 131 km.

In addition, the project is expected to facilitate the logistics of the steel mill and freight sheds on Junagarh Road, Jeypore, Koraput and other freight sheds on the RV line, which are the points of multimodal logistics, according to the ministry.

The Ministry of Trade and Industry said this new line would provide an alternative route for transporting coal from Visakhapatnam, Gangavaram and Kakinada ports to various steel mills in the Raipur region. The provision of intermodal road-rail logistics is expected to improve traffic to the freight sheds at Jeypore, Junagarh Road and Nabarangpur.

The Department of Railroad’s most recent project was to provide automatic block signaling on a freight-dense, highly congested network on the Western Railway. The project aims to cover 895 line kilometers (RKM) and four main sections of the Western Railway in Maharashtra and Gujarat.

According to the statement, the benefits of the project include improved line capacity and section speed from 110 km/h to 130 km/h, which is likely to result in a cost reduction for the railways and an increase in overall logistics efficiency. This will result in a reduction in the stop and travel time of the trains, especially on the Udhna-Jalgaon, Ahmedabad-Palanpur, Ahmedabad-Viramgam-Samakhiyali and Viramgam-Rajkot sections.

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