CCEA approves doubling of Barabanki-Akbarpur railway line

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) yesterday approved a project for doubling the 161 km long Barabanki-Akbarpur railway line in Uttar Pradesh at a completion cost of Rs. 1,310.23 crore.
The project, which is likely to be completed by 2021-22, will cover the districts of Barabanki and Faizabad in Uttar Pradesh and will benefit the entire route from Lucknow to Varanasi via Faizabad, an official press release said.
At present, there is a lot of delay in the running of trains on the route and express trains take up to 7 to 15 hours to cover the 323 km from Barabanki to Varanasi.
"Present capacity utilization from Barabanki to Faizabad is 146.5% and from Faizabad to Akbarpur it is 152.6%. The doubling project will ensure higher speeds, reduce train delays, enhance safety by allowing more time for block maintenance and provide additional capacity for future increase in traffic," the release said.


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