To provide congestion-free traffic on Agra-Bina and Agra-Jaipur routes, two of the vital railway corridors connecting several tourist destinations in North and South India, the Railways has sanctioned Rs 9,204 crore in funds for doubling the 150 km long Agra-Bandikui route and laying a 428.8 km long fourth railway track between Mathura and Bina via Agra and Dholpur.
In Agra, general manager of North Central Railway (NCR) M C Chauhan announced the ambitious project, which is expected to double passenger train services in these routes. Gaurav Bansal, chief public relations officer of NCR zone said, “In the next three years, we expect to complete doubling the 150 km long Agra Fort-Bandikui section, which will increase the efficiency of train operations and reduce travel time. Similarly, the Mathura-Dholpur and Dholpur-Bina sections will be completed in less than a decade.”
According to railway authorities, at present there is a fourth railway track between the national capital and Mathura junction, to ease traffic congestion as over 400 trains including mail, express, passenger as well as freight and cargo trains pass via Agra division of NCR zone.
“The fourth line from Mathura to Bina will help in increasing goods transport volume. Currently we give preference to express trains over goods trains, as punctuality of passenger trains is a priority. But the demand for cargo transportation has also increased over the years, and we want to reduce the time for goods transportation. The doubling of Agra-Bandikui section will help us to increase the number of trains for passengers. At present close to 25 trains operate between Agra and Jaipur on this route,” said a railway official on condition of anonymity.
Apart from these two ambitious projects, railways has also approved funds for survey of by-passes for Kachhpura, Etawah, Guna, Ruthiyai, Sawai Madhopur, Ramganjmandi and Naini. A total of Rs 68 lakh has been sanctioned for the stretches which are 136 km long. By-passes are segment of short railway tracks, which help in smooth flow of train traffic on busy routes.