India approves new $675m rail line in Uttar Pradesh

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India’s Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the construction of a railway line between Bahraich and Khalilabad in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

The 240.26 km broad gauge line will be developed with an investment of 49.39 billion rupees ($675 million).

Scheduled to be completed between 2024 and 2025, the line will cross five districts of Uttar Pradesh, including four ambitious districts of Bahraich, Balrampur, Shravasti and Siddharth Nagar, as well as Sant Kabirnagar.

Part of the North East India Railway, the Bahraich-Khalilabad line is expected to generate employment during construction.

The line will provide basic infrastructure support for industrial development with socio-economic outcomes, provide an alternative route to Bahraich-Khalilabad and connect border districts.

“The approved line passes through Shravasti (Bhinga) district, which is an important tourist spot and closely associated with the life of Gautam Buddha.”

In a statement, the Indian government said: “The approved line passes through Shravasti (Bhinga) district, which is an important tourist spot and closely associated with the life of Gautam Buddha.

“Shravasti is also an important tourist center for Jains, as Sobhanath Temple is considered the birthplace of Tirthankara Sambhavanath.

“The Devi Patan Temple at Tulsipur which is close to Balrampurtown is one of the famous 51 Shakti Peethas of MaaDurga. The line will promote tourism in the region.

Last month, the Indian government approved a 59.51 billion rupiah ($820 million) electrified railway line project in the state of Chhattisgarh.

The project will see the construction of rail connectivity on a 294.53 km route from Katghora to Dongargarh.

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