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Rail connectivity between Konkan and western Maharashtra to be enhanced

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu announced rail connectivity between Konkan and western Maharashtra, and Marathwada, in the budget presented on Thursday.

“The Western Ghats, a huge barrier between Konkan and the rest of Maharashtra, will be conquered, to facilitate closer economic and social ties between the two regions,” said a spokesperson of the Konkan Railway Corporation.

Mr Prabhu, who hails originally from Konkan, has taken care of Konkan by gifting it a new rail line that will be laid between Vaibhavwadi station on the Konkan Railway and Kolhapur on the Central Railway. This work will be done on a cost-sharing basis by the Railways and the Government of Maharashtra.

With the construction of the line, ports in the Konkan region will get a shorter link to the agricultural and industrial heartland of Maharashtra and northern Karnataka. This will lead to faster development of the ports and consequential benefits to the Konkan region by way of more jobs and economic prosperity, said the spokesperson.

The length of the project is 108 km. It is estimated to cost of Rs 3,456 crore and will be completed in 55 months.

In another sop to the region, the Minister announced that a rolling stock manufacturing and rehabilitation factory would be set up in Ratnagiri district at an estimate cost of Rs 300 crore.

DRAG hails Railway Budget

Meanwhile, the Disability Rights Association of Goa (DRAG), the body spearheading the cause of persons with disabilities, on Wednesday welcomed the statement of the Railway Minister in his annual budget that he would ensure that all railway stations in future are built as per the ‘Accessible India’ guidelines.

President of DRAG, Avelino de Sa, said that any infrastructure and facilities in the public domain must follow these guidelines here onwards.

The Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), the body representing trade and industry, here on Wednesday, welcomed the Railway Budget for 2016-17 and pleaded for speedy connectivity between two tourist destinations: Vasco da Gama in Goa and Tirupati, as announced by Mr Prabhu in the Railway Budget.


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