02 March, 2015

New Line Projects on Indian Railways

With the objective of extending Railway line connectivity across the country, Railways have taken up 154 new line projects for construction of 17129 Km of New Lines at a total cost of Rs.163448 crore for laying additional New line/extend the length of railway line connectivity in various States. As on 1st April 2014, 3229 Km new lines have been constructed and total expenditure against these 154 projects is Rs. 42330 crore. For the current financial year 2014-15, a budgetary outlay of Rs.7624 Crore has been provided for New Line projects & for 2015-16, an outlay of Rs. 8850 Crore has been proposed in the Railway Budget.

Allocation of funds to New Line Projects is made on year to year basis, depending upon overall availability of funds, relative priority, status of land acquisition & other clearances, stages of projects etc. Because of large shelf of ongoing projects, limited availability of funds for New Line projects & factors such as land acquisition/forest clearances/law & order beyond the control of Railways no time lines can be fixed for completion of these projects.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.