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CCEA nod for doubling of Surendranagar-Rajkot railway line in Gujarat

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) yesterday approved a proposal fo doubling of the Surendranagar-Rajkot project at an estimated cost of Rs. 1,002.39 crore with expected completion cost of Rs.1,137.17 crore with 5% escalation per annum. 
 
The length of the railway line will be 116.17 km. The completion period of the project will be four years, an official press release said.
 
The project will ease the ever increasing freight traffic between Okha-Rajkot, Porbandar-Kanalus, Veraval-Rajkot and Maliya Maiyana / Navalakhi-Dahinsara-Wankaner sections, it said.
 
The Surendranagar-Wankaner-Rajkot broad gauge section is an important and saturated single line section carrying traffic originating and terminating at various destinations in Saurashtra region of Gujarat State. 
 
This single line has to carry the passenger as well as freight traffic originating /terminating between Okha-Rajkot section, Porbandar-Kanlus section, Veraval-Rajkot section and Maliya Maiyana / Navalakhi-Dahinsara-Wankaner sections. In addition to this, freight traffic from two branch lines -- Sikka-Kanalus junction and Windmill-Jamnagar sections are also converged on to the project route, the release said.
 
"This makes the project route very busy single line section with very high potential to further growth due to the high industrial development envisaged in Saurashtra region in the coming years," it added.
 
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