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Railway to improve connectivity between Jawaharlal Nehru Port and inland Indian cities

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Indian RailwaysIn order to shorten circuitous route from Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNP) to other major population centres, a 362-km railway line for west-central India has been envisaged by the Government.

The project will solve the problem of cargo deployment at JNP by linking the country’s largest container port with the Manmad in Maharashtra and Indore in Madhya Pradesh.

The project will solve the problem of cargo deployment at JNP by linking the country’s largest container port with the Manmad in Maharashtra and Indore in Madhya Pradesh.

With a total distance of 814 km between JNP and Indore, this proposed railway line will cut 171 km off the current route leaving it to 633 km only.

This initiative will create room for cargo transit through the planned Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, including cities and towns like Igatpuri, Nashik, Sinnar, Pune and Khed, and Dhule and Nardana. Also, the railway is expected to create a gross profit of more than $2 billion in a year after its implementation.

An MoU in this regard has been signed by the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, the Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Shipping and the Government of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.

Its construction will be a joint venture, wherein 55 percent will be contributed by port trust, while the rest will be contributed by other stakeholders. The project is expected to be completed within 6 months, said Railways officials.

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