DNA | Last Modified - Jun 01, 2011, 05:31 AM IST
Jaipur: The Rajasthan government has proposed a new railway line to boost trade along the industrial belt on the Chittorgarh-Mandsaur route. This is the second major proposal for a new line after the state government successfully pushed its earlier project of laying a new track on the Ratlam-Banswara-Dungarpur route.
The Ratlam-Banswara-Dungarpur railway line is critical for the development of several power projects lined up in the area. The new proposed railway line would cater to cement industries in the Chittorgarh-Pratapgarh area.
The proposal was tabled by the state government while signing a memorandum of understanding with the railway board in New Delhi for the Ratlam-Banswara-Dungarpur project on Tuesday.
Chief secretary Salauddin Ahmad and railway board director Vivek Sahay signed the agreement, paving way for the new railway line that would connect the tribal areas in the state.
The project would cost more than Rs 2000 crore. In a clever move, the state government has offered to pitch in with half the funds required for laying the new railway line, a move which even the ministry of railways cannot write off.
After getting the fresh proposal from the state, railway board director said that he would have the area inspected for the feasibility of a new railway line first and added that the ministry would take up the project on the format on which the Ratlam-Banswara-Dungarpur railway line has been taken up, provided the railways finds the track feasible.
Energy secretary Naresh Pal Gangwar said that the Ratlam-Banswara-Dungarpur railway line would assist in the development of power projects with a generation capacity of 4,000 MW in the Banswara region. Officials said that the railway track would also serve to ferry coal from other states to the thermal power stations in the area.