Cabinet pays tribute to a new railway line in Gujarat-Rajasthan to facilitate pilgrims and boost connectivity

NEW DELHI: Cabinet on Wednesday approved the construction of a new 117 km railway line linking Taranga Hill-Ambaji-Abu Road to Gujarat and Rajasthan at an estimated cost of Rs 2,798 crore. This is a major infrastructure project plan that was prepared in just 3-4 months using the GatiShakti platform — the integrated infrastructure planning framework that the government launched exactly eight months ago.
Sources said preparing such a plan usually takes around 6-8 months and requires a lot of field investigations. But due to the data and information available on the GatiShakti platform, the time period has been greatly reduced. The government aims to complete the project by 2026-27. Ambaji is a famous pilgrimage destination and is one of the 51 shaktipeeths in India. It will also cater to the needs of devotees visiting the Ajitnath Jain Temple – one of the 24 holy Jain Tirthankaras – at Taranga Hill.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the project responds to a long-standing demand for improved access to Ambaji.
In a tweet, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said the new railway line would benefit worshipers and speed up development in the region. “Prime Minister Modi has made sustained efforts to rejuvenate our ancient pilgrimage sites and provide the best facilities for worshippers. It is a great day for the people of Gujarat,” he said.
Officials said careful planning based on real data and details will help the railways complete the single track project on time. “We will soon be launching calls for tenders. Full details are available, including the number of trees that will need to be cut or transplanted for this project and the exact land requirements. The new framework has transformed planning as we have all the genuine data and details on this platform,” a senior railway official said. Each government agency uploaded details of their assets and land records to the central database for reference.
Sources said the line alignment was finalized based on data from GatiShakti and the railways avoided planning the track through forest areas. Since the mapping of all resources and facilities has been completed, the railways have finalized the track that will pass close to the mining areas. It will also help the national carrier to transport goods. “We even have the details such as the type of soil, the number of bridges required and also the hydrological problems in the project area. So now we can plan the execution strategy,” another official said.
Almost 82 km of the railway line will fall in Gujarat, the remaining 35 km will be in Rajasthan.

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