New Delhi: Keeping in view the anticipated
increase in freight and passenger traffic on Rohtak-Bhatinda-
Lehra Muhabat section of Northern Railway, the Government
today gave its nod to the electrification of the stretch at a
cost of Rs 215 crore.
The project, which will be completed over a period of
five years, was approved by the Cabinet Committee on
On completion of the electrification work, goods traffic
can go right up to thermal power plants at Kattar Singh Wala
and Lehra Muhabat in Punjab from the rest of the country
without any change of locomotives, thus eliminating delays,
said an official statement.
Electrification from Rohtak to Shakurbasti in the
capital is already under progress.
The electrification will also help decongest the
already saturated Delhi-Ambala-Kalka section, enabling
movement of freight traffic through the Rohtak-Bhatinda
The Cabinet Committee of Infrastructure also gave its
approval to the electrification of Shoranur-Mangalore-Penambur
section of Southern Railway at a cost of Rs 302.50 crore.
The project work is expected to be completed by 2014-15,
benefiting the states of Kerala and Karnataka. This will also
facilitate faster movement of goods and passenger traffic in
Both the project works will be undertaken by the Central
Organisation for Railway Electrification, Allahabad.