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Wed, 25th May 2016 (Source:Times of India)
In a bid to improve railway connectivity between Titilagarh in Odisha and Vizianagaram in Andhra Pradesh, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved the Vizianagaram-Titlagarh third line project. It will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 2,335.68 crore.
The third line, which comes under the east coast railway (ECoR), is an alternative route to over-burdened existing line. The length of the railway line will be 264.6 km. The project will be completed within five years, sources said.
Railway sources said this link also opens an alternative route to oversaturated Kharagpur-Jharsuguda section, Howrah-Mumbai Grand Trunk route and Howrah-Chennai section main line. This move of the Centre will benefit Rayagada and Kalahandi districts of Odisha and Vizianagaram and Babbili districts of Andhra Pradesh, it added.
Vizianagaram and Titlagarh is a double-lined non-electrified section of Jharsuguda-Vizianagaram line. The section is oversaturated with present capacity utilization of 106 per cent and a huge detention of both passenger and goods trains. In an average, the section handles 47 pairs of trains per day, including 27 pairs of passenger trains and 20 pairs of goods trains.
After growth of industries between Jharsuguda-Rengali and Talcher-Angul-Dhenkanal sections, third line between Vizianagaram and Titlagarh has become a necessary step to overcome the goods traffic on the coming days.
ECoR sources said electrification work of the line will be completed by March 2017, while electrification work of Titlagarh-Raipur railway line and Jharsuguda-Titlagarh would be completed by September, 2017 and March, 2018 respectively.
"Sanction of this line will give a thrust to improvement in mobility and become extremely helpful in running better train services between Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. This explained the importance of these districts as crucial for movement of goods and passenger services," said ECoR's chief public relations officer JP Mishra.