Under Yogi rule, Railways gets a shot in the arm in Hindi heartland
Lucknow: The Yogi Adityanath government of Uttar Pradesh is moving forward on the fast path of development, it is also getting full support from the central government. The double engine government is engaged in improving the connectivity of Uttar Pradesh and under this effort, this time in the rail budget, Uttar Pradesh has been given 16 times more budget as compared to 2009-14.
Between 2009-14, while UP’s share in the rail budget was only Rs 1,109 crore, the Modi government has given Uttar Pradesh a budget of 16 times more i.e. Rs 17,507 crore in 2022-23 alone. It is notable that this time the central government has announced the highest budget of Rs 2.4 lakh crore for the railways. According to the Railway Ministry, this budget is 9 times more than the budget of 2013-14.
UP will connect with many states through new line
The Yogi government of Uttar Pradesh is working fast in the direction of infrastructure and connectivity. At present, work is going on in the state on 7143 km long new line under 83 projects, on which about 94 thousand crores are being spent. Whereas, 3831 km. 55 surveys are to be done for the long railway line. At the same time, among the projects related to the new line to connect Uttar Pradesh to other states, one is Lalitpur-Satna, Rewa-Singrauli and Mahoba-Khajuraho, on which 700 crores will be spent.
Similarly, 390 crore will be spent on Bahraich-Shrawasti and Balrampur-Tulsipur line. 284 crore for new line for Energy Corridor in 2023-24, 284 crore for Tribal Gaurav Corridor (Umbrella 23-24), 205 crore for Sahjanwa-Dohrighat, 200 crore for Deoband (Muzaffarnagar)-Roorkee, Mau-Ghazipur- 150 crore for Tarighat, 20 crore for Umbrella Project, 20 crore for Anandnagar-Ghugli, 10 crore for Padrauna-Kushinagar via Gorakhpur and 30 lakh for Meerut-Panipat is to be spent.
There will be gauge convergence between many stations
A lot of work is also being done in the state regarding gauge convergence. Through this, small lines have been converted into big lines. In these, 100 crore on the line between Mathura-Vrindavan, 100 crore on Lucknow-Pilibhit via Sitapur, 100 crore on Lakhimpur, 50 crore on Bahraich-Mailani bypass, Indara-Dohrighat 35 crore, Pilibhit-Shahjahanpur 3 crore and on the line of Kanpur-Kasganj-Mathura. 50 lakh will be spent.
There has been a big change in the connectivity of UP
The state has done a lot of work in the field of speedy connectivity in the last few times. Before 2017, there were 2 airports in the state, today 9 airports have become functional and work on 10 is going on. For better connectivity, there is Purvanchal Expressway in Eastern UP and Bundelkhand Expressway in Bundelkhand. Ganga Expressway is being built to connect eastern and western Uttar Pradesh. Yamuna and Agra Expressway is there to connect UP with the national capital. There is connectivity of 4-lane road with the bordering states of UP and Nepal, while all the districts of the state are connected with Lucknow by 4-lane road.
There are metros in 5 cities and the trial of rapid rail has also been done recently. The problem of landlocked state in UP has also ended. The country’s first water-way has started here from Varanasi to Haldia.