In an effort to ensure the overall progress of Jharkhand, Minister of Railways, Commerce & Industry and Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Piyush Goyal, on April 8, dedicated Hansdiha-Godda New Line to the Nation. The new line will benefit in better transportation facility, cost-effective and quicker movement of commodities and will give impetus to social-economic development in Dumka & Godda in Jharkhand. The Minister also flagged off Godda-New Delhi Humsafar special train through video conferencing. Chairman and CEO, Railway Board, Suneet Sharma and other dignitaries were also present at the virtual flag off event.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said, “Jharkhand is famous for minerals and many holy places, Indian Railways is contributing in turning its potential to reality. This project Hansdiha-Godda was approved in 2011, however, in 2014, it was disclosed that land was not acquired for this project. Upon the direction of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a swift progress was made on this new line project. Till now, this project has attracted an investment of Rs 550 crore. With this new Hansdiha-Godda Rail line, the area would develop at a faster pace generating more employment opportunities, in future, Kisan Rail may be started to send the produce of farmers from this area.”
At present, there are 36 rail projects being executed in the state with an investment of Rs 20,000 crore. The Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor that passes through Jharkhand would provide impetus to the state’s economy, added the Minister.
Indian Railways strives towards providing new infrastructure, enhancing the capacity of its network and providing better facilities to the esteemed customers. Towards this goal, Indian Railways has commissioned Hansdiha–Godda new line projects in Jharkhand. A total expenditure of Rs 663 crore has been spent for the development of infrastructure work and providing passenger amenities in the State of Jharkhand.
Commissioning of Hansdiha – Godda new line remained a long pending demand of the common people of Jharkhand. This will accelerate infrastructure building and connectivity enhancement for this part of the state. The new line project is 32 km long that runs through Godda and Dumka districts of Jharkhand. There are five stations – Hansdiha, Gangwara, Poreyahat, Kathwan and Godda. Infrastructure development and passenger amenities have been augmented in all five stations. The speed potential of this 32 km new stretch is 120 km per hour. While commissioning the new line project, two major bridges and 33 minor bridges have been constructed.
Hansdiha-Godda Railway line is a Coal Priority Project and Railways is taking all possible steps for speedy completion of the project as it will be beneficial in the rapid development of business and industries as well as employment generation in Jharkhand.
(With inputs from PIB)