New Delhi: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Wednesday approved construction of a new railway line between Budni and Indore (Mangaliyagaon) with electrification, at an estimated cost of Rs. 3261.82 crore. The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The project aims to reduce the distance between Jabalpur and Indore by 68 kms and will generate direct employment for about 49.32 lakh days, according to the official press release.

It will also reduce the travel time between Indore and Mumbai and will also provide connectivity to various towns and villages like Nasrullaganj, Khategaon and Kannod which are not currently connected by the railways while providing basic infrastructural support for industrial development.

“The main purpose of this project is development of backward area and reduction in travel time from Indore to Jabalpur as well as from Indore to Mumbai and towards southern side also, as this will reduce distance by 68 km compared to the present available route via Bhopal,” the statement said. “It will provide better transport facilities for public and industries in this area. It will also help to provide/generate employment opportunities in the project area. The project will generate direct employment during construction for about 49.32 lakh man-days,” it added.

The approved line will extend a direct link from Budni to Indore, bypassing the congested Bhopal-Itarsi section from Budni to Berkheda. 10 New crossing stations and 7 new halt stations will also be constructed along the route for public convenience and safety.

It will also be beneficial for the defence forces which has three premier institutes in Indore. It will provide basic infrastructure support for industrial development of the surrounding area having large socio-economic ramifications.

(With agency inputs)