To bring the temple town of Tuljapur on the rail map, Indian Railways has decided to construct a new rail line between Solapur and Osmananbad via Tuljapur. The foundation stone of this line will be laid on March 3 by the Minister for Railways, Piyush Goyal.
At present, rail connectivity from Solapur to Osmanabad is via Kurduwadi. The section is 153 km long. The new line will shorten this distance by 69 km. The new line will be only 84.4 km.
The project is estimated to cost Rs 904.92 crore for 84.4 route km. Total number of stations proposed on this section are: Solapur, Khed, Mardi, Tamalwadi, Malumbra, Raikhel, Tuljapur, Wadgaon, New Osmanabad and Osmanabad.
Other works to be inaugurated
The rail minister will inaugurate two foot over bridges (FOB) at Badlapur, one at Ambarnath and one new home platform on the eastern side at Ambernath station. Foot Over Bridges at Kurla, Sion, Diva, Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar, Mahalaxmi and Palghar stations will also be inaugurated.
In the last five years, a total of total 93 FOBs have been constructed; 55 in CR and 38 in WR. Another 85 FOBs on suburban is under construction – 36 in CR and 49 in WR.
Utkrisht rakes and Vistadome coach
UTKRISHT rakes of – Mumbai – Pune Deccan Express, Surat – Muzaffarpur Express, Valsad – Puri Superfast Express and Mumbai Central – Surat Flying Ranee will also be inaugurated.
The Neral – Matheran, 2’narrow gauge train will get a Vistadome coach for passengers to enjoy a panoramic view of the hill railway from inside a glass roof coach.
Dedication of Pen-Thal and Jasai-Uran electrification
The minister will also dedicate to the nation the electrification works of Pen – Thal and the Jasai – Uran section.
The Pen – Thal section is 27 km long and connects three goods sidings: RCF Thal, JSW Dolvi and PNP Dharmatar. The project, which was completed in January 2019, cost Rs 25 crore. It sees a traffic of 8 – 10 freight trains daily.
The 8 km Jasai – Uran section was completed in January 2019 at a cost of Rs 10 crore. It connects three goods sidings – DRT-CONCOR, Hind Container and HPCL- and has a daily traffic of 4-5 freight trains.