Nod to electrification of Rohtak-Bhatinda-Lehra section

Nod to electrification of Rohtak-Bhatinda-Lehra section 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 Infrastructure.

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 section.

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 Penambur-Mangalore-Kannyakumari section.

Both the project works will be undertaken by the Central Organisation for Railway Electrification, Allahabad.