Posted - 02/23/2010 : 20:08:22
Press Trust of India
Tags : ahmedabad, railways
Posted: Friday , Oct 17, 2008 at 0056 hrs
New Delhi, October 16:
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The government on Thursday gave its approval for taking up gauge conversion of the 101.24 km long Bhuj-Naliya section with further extension of 24.65 km up to Vayor at an estimated cost of Rs 318.24 crore.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved the funding pattern of the project óRs 238.24 crore through budgetary support and Rs 80 crore to be given by cement industries in the area.
The existing metre gauge link Bhuj-Naliya was constructed in late 1980s on strategic consideration. After completion of gauge conversion of Gandhidham-Bhuj section, this metre gauge section has become isolated and is closed for traffic at present.
Gauge conversion of Bhuj-Naliya section will tap the freight traffic of this rich mineral belt and cement industries of Kutch district of Gujarat.
Besides, the conversion of this metre gauge section into broad gauge will enable the section to connect border areas of Gujarat with rest of the country.