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PM Modi to lay foundation stone of Indore Manmad Railway line on Feb 16

The project will reduce the distance from Mumbai/Pune to key central India locations by 171 kilometers

Sunday February 10, 2019 9:56 AM, ummid.com Staff Reporter

Indore Manmad Railway Line Foundation

Dhule: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Saturday February 16, 2019 lay the foundation stone of the 362 km Indore-Dhule-Malegaon-Manmad New Railway Line Project, MoS for Defence Subhash Bhamre said.

Bhamre, who represents Dhule-Malegaon constituency in the Parliament also said that a number of programs are also organised on the occasion. "The Prime Minister will also address a public meeting", Bhamre said.

Office of the local MLA Anil Gote said during his visit to the city, the Prime Minister will also inaugurate Dhule Cancer Hospital. The multi-storey Dhule Cancer Hospital is built on Sakri Road near Hirey Medical College. It is the biggest hospital in the region.

An MoU for the 362 km Indore-Dhule-Malegaon-Manmad New Railway Line Project was signed between JNPT- Ministry of Shipping, Ministry of Railways, Govt of Maharashtra and Govt of Madhya Pradesh on August 28, 2018. The project will reduce the distance from Mumbai/Pune to key central India locations by 171 kilometers.

"The new project will reduce the distance from Mumbai/Pune to key central India locations by 171 kilometers, resulting in lower logistics costs. This is especially significant as the new railway line will pass through the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor nodes of Igatpuri, Nashik, Sinnar and Malegaon; Pune and Khed; and Dhule and Nardana", Ministry of Shipping said.

"Containers and other rail traffic from Indore and other Central Indian locations earlier had to follow a circuitous route through Vadodara and Surat to reach Mumbai, Pune and ports like JNPT, travelling a distance of 815 km", the ministry said.

"The implementation of the project will be through the Indian Port Rail Corporation Limited (IPRCL) on Joint Venture SPV model", the ministry said.

"A Joint Venture Company will be formed between Ministry of Shipping or its nominated PSUs/Entity including JNPT (which will be the main promoter) with equity share of 55 per cent, Government of Maharashtra or its nominated PSUs/Entity, Government of Madhya Pradesh or its nominated PSUs/Entity, and others with equity share of 15 per cent each", it added.

Total Project Cost is Rs. 8574.79 crores. "The project will be completed within six years", the Ministry of Shipping said.

The Manmad-Malegaon-Dhule-Indore railway project however is alreadt delayed. MoS Defence, who is an MP representing Dhule-Malegaon parliamentary constituency had on April 02, 2017 had said that everyting was in place and all procedural formalities were in their final stages.

The Manmad-Indore railway line via Malegaon-Dhule was approved by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in the 2016 Railway Budget. This was the second time Railway Ministry had given nod to Manmad-Indore railway line via Malegaon-Dhule. In 2012, then Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi had included this project in the 2012 Railway Budget.

When Lalu Prasad Yadav was Railway Minister, he had ordered feasibility survey of this project. When Suresh Prabhu presented his first railway budget in 2015, he ordered a fresh survey allocating a fund of Rs.1.32 cr for the purpose.

The demand for the Manmad-Indore railway line via Malegaon-Dhule was not new. The first ever survey for this railway route, which is supposed to pass through Malegaon, Dhule, Nerdana, Shirpur and Mahu before culminating at Indore, was done long before the independence in 1908.

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