More rail lines, gauge improvement needed for development of DMIC

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New Delhi, Sep 20 (UNI) Commerce and Industry Minister Kamal Nath has stressed on the need for construction of more rail lines and improving their gauges for the development of industrial nodes being taken up under the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) Project.

In a communication addressed to the Railway Minister Lalu Prasad here today, Mr Nath focussed on the need for developing rail networks, especially in Madhya Pradesh where the rail route kilometer length is much less than those of neighbouring states. This is important to ensure that the DMIC Project gets on stream as per schedule and that its benefits reach stakeholders, he added.

He has urged the Railway Minister to get these works sanctioned and expedited. The following rail works that require sanction or work expedited through higher allocation of funds include: starting work on the Indore 'Dhar' Chotta Udaipur route: To improve connectivity of the Indore and Shajapur-Dewas regions through Vadodara and Mumbai, this broad-gauge line needs to be completed to benefit the entire West and South Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat.

Expediting the new line work from Indore to Dahod: Connectivity of the Pithampur 'Dahod Mhow' Mega Industrial Region near Indore to the Western ports in Gujarat will improve if this broad gauge new line work is completed soon. This will improve connectivity to the Shajapur Dewas Industrial Regions which is proposed to be taken up through Phase-II of the DMIC project.

Linking Indore to Khandwa on a broad gauge route: The survey work on Indore-Khandwa section needs to be completed early and work sanctioned for providing faster connectivity from Indore to Hyderabad as well as to Mumbai via Khandwa, Bhusawal, the communication added.

UNI

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