The Union Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal on Sunday has dedicated series of projects for the development of rail infrastructure in poll-bound West Bengal. He said that the Ministry has taken up on itself to contribute big time to the mission of “Sonar Bangla”.
Goyal has inaugurated various infrastructure development and passenger amenity-related works in the North Bengal area through video conferencing in presence of other dignitaries at different locations.
Speaking on the occasion, Goyal said, “Railways is serving the nation in an extraordinary way. Railways has taken up on itself to contribute big time to the mission of Sonar Bangla. Railways would be fully electrified in 3 years in West Bengal and all ongoing projects will be completed at the earliest.”
He also added that North Bengal is beautiful naturally; the development of this region would attract more tourists. Indian Railways is committed to the holistic development of the region.
The 126 route kilometer newly electrified section from New Jalpaiguri to New Coochbehar dedicated today is part of the Railway electrification work which is going on to achieve 100 per cent electrification of Indian Railways’ network.
According to the Railways Ministry, this section is vital for train movement towards northeastern states. With electrification making steady progress in this area more trains carrying freights and passengers can be operated in an environment-friendly manner with less carbon – emission.
It stated this project costing about Rs 287 crores will lead to huge savings in the consumption of fossil fuels. Railway electrification of the whole of NF Railway was sanctioned in the budget of 2018 and it is targeted to be completed by December 2023.