Construction work soon
With detailed planning under way, construction work on the
new 68-km Bariarpur-Mananpur railway line in Bihar will start in a few months,
Deepak Kumar Jha, a spokesperson of Eastern Railway told Projectmonitor. The
location survey is already completed. The foundation stone for this new line was
laid on October 10, 2007, following investment approval from the Cabinet
Committee on Economic Affairs in August that year. The Rs 251-crore project,
identified for survey in the Railway Budget for 2004-05, is scheduled for
completion in 2011-12.
Discussing the finer details, Jha said that the new broad gauge line would pass
through Munger and Jamui districts of Bihar, and will be part of Eastern
Railway's Malda division. Originating at Bariarpur in Munger district, the line
will pass through Khadagpur in the same district and Barahat in Jamui district.
"A part of the line will pass through East Central Railway's Danapur division
when it meets the Kiul-Jhajha section," he added.
Set up in 1854 as East India Railway, Eastern Railway cover three states of
Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal through its four divisions - Sealdah, Howrah,
Asansol and Malda. The first two divisions are predominantly in West Bengal.
— Venugopal Pillai
[May 26-June 1, 2008]