Guwahati: The General Budget 2021 has been historic for Indian Railway as it will acts as a huge catalyst to revitalize the economy & lead Indian Railways towards Aatmanirbhar Bharat.
The record outlay announced bythe Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman of Rs 1, 10,055 crore, of which Rs 1, 07,100 crore is for capital expenditure while presenting the Union Budget 2021-22 in the Parliament will help to create a ‘future ready’ Railway system by 2030.
Indian Railways has received highest ever total Plan capex of Rs 2, 15,058 crores this year with Rs 7,500 crores from internal resources, Rs 1,00,258 crores from extra budgetary resources and Rs 1,07,100 crores from capital expenditure allocation given in the General Budget.
The Northeast Frontier Railways (NFR) has received an allocation of Rs 8,060 crores in the recently placed Union Budget. Out of this Rs 4,330 crores has been allocated for New Lines and Doubling works. Rs 3,470 crores have been allocated for Safety and Capacity Enhancement Works. Passenger Amenities received Rs 166 crores.
This year’s budget has allocated Rs 650crores for doubling of the New Bongaigaon-Agthori (vis Rangiya) and Rs 610 crores for the New Bongaigaon – Goalpara – Guwahati section.
Similarly Digaru – Hojai doubling work has been allocated Rs 100 crore and New Mainaguri – Gumanihat doubling work allocated Rs 110 crores.
Among New Line projects, Sivok – Rangpo project (44.96 kms) has been allocated Rs.1100 crores, Tetelia – Byrnihat project has been allocated Rs 101crs and Agartala – Akhaura project has been allocated Rs 300 crs. Other ongoing New Line projects like Jiribam – Imphal has been allocated Rs 1,000 crores, Bairabi – Sairang project has also been allocated Rs 1,000 crores and Dimapur – Zubza project has been allocated Rs 800 crores.
Indian Railways is marching ahead on its bigger plan like achieving 100% electrification and a Net Zero Carbon Emission network by 2030.
As per Indian Railways Target of Electrification work; Electrification upto Guwahati is expected to be completed by March this year. Work in the balance portion of NFR is targeted for completion by March 2024.