Barwani, MP, Sep 12 (UNI) Construction of a broad gauge railway line from Indore to Manmad in Maharashtra would prove to be a profitable venture for the Railways, Lok Sangram Parishad chairman and former Maharashtra legislator Anil Gote has said.
Talking to reporters in Sendhwa yesterday, Mr Gote said the project would help in promoting trade between Malwa-Nimar region in Madhya Pradesh and underdeveloped areas of northern Maharashtra.
Besides, distance between Mumbai and New Delhi would be reduced by 170 km, while distances between Mumbai to Indore and Ahmedabad to Hyderabad would be reduced by 250 km and 200 km respectively with the construction of the new railway line.
Mr Gote, who formerly represented Dhulia in Maharashtra Assembly, said the project would lessen pressure on the Agra-Mumbai National Highway and foster trade relations between Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra besides increasing the number of tourists and pilgrims.
He said work had began on the Indore-Manmad railway line under the British rule in 1913. However, the project was stopped and funds diverted for construction of Bhusawal-Surat railway line keeping in mind demand for coal by cloth mills in Gujarat.
Mr Gote said a fresh initiative to revive the project started in 1982. In November 2002, the then Railway Minister Nitish Kumar sanctioned money for carrying out a survey of the project.
The survey, which was completed in 2004, said the project would be advantageous for the Railways.
He alleged that the project was lying in the lurch due to the lack of will power of political leaders of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.
The former MLA said a strategy of public agitation for creating pressure on the Centre for undertaking the project would be disclosed at Shirpur in Maharashtra on October 2.
He claimed that he had widespread public support in this regard.