Piyush Goyal: Working to double railway lines, timeline for completion can’t be given

New Delhi: Presently, 255 doubling projects of length 20,500 km costing Rs 2.32 lakh crore are in different stages of planning, sanction, or execution, out of which 2,784 km length has been commissioned and an expenditure of Rs 48,342 crore has been incurred till March 2019. Total outlay of Rs 17,602 crore has been provided for the projects in Financial Year 2019-20.

Details of doubling projects in progress and new works including expenditure and outlay are made available in public domain on the Indian Railways website.

The timely completion of any Railway project depends on various factors like quick land acquisition by State Government, forest clearance by officials of forest department, shifting of infringing utilities (both underground and over ground), statutory clearances from various authorities, geological and topographical conditions of area, law and order situation in the area of project site, number of working months in a year for particular project site due to climatic considerations, encountering unforeseen conditions like earthquake, flooding, excessive rains, strikes of labour, orders of Courts, situation and conditions of working agencies/contractors, and others.

All these factors vary from project to project and site to site and affect the completion time and cost of the project, which is finally worked out at the completion stage. Therefore, a timeline for completion of projects cannot be given.

This information was given by the Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry, Piyush Goyal in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

Indus Dictum reported earlier today that in a move to boost tourism in Southern India, the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) has signed an MoU with IRCTC to run the Golden Chariot Train. IRCTC is planning a revamp of the train itineraries, as also to add different flavours that Karnataka has to offer.

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