New Delhi, March 25 (IANS) The government on Wednesday approved the construction of 22 km-long railway flyover between Aligarh-Harduaganj in Uttar Pradesh at an estimated cost of Rs 1,285 crore to remove bottlencek.
The decision was taken at the Cabinet Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The project is expected to be completed by 2024-25.
According to the Railway Ministry, at Aligarh Junction Station, a branch line Bareilly-Aligarh terminates. The trains coming from Howrah side and going to Harduaganj/Bareilly cross Howrah-New Delhi main route, which is the busiest section of Indian Railways.
“Due to heavy traffic there is no path available for surface crossing of loaded goods trains coming from Howrah side and going to Harduaganj/Bareilly, which results into heavy detention of trains at Aligarh Junction,” it said, adding that the location has become a bottleneck and is affecting the train working badly and causing delays and also reducing the wagon turnround.
“The flyover at Aligarh going over the existing Delhi-Howrah main line is an operational necessity and is essentially required to remove the bottleneck to traffic movement. By construction of flyover connecting Aligarh to Harduaganj the delays and detentions will be avoided,” the railways said.