Pune-Nashik rail work to start in February 2019

The proposal of laying a high speed railway track between Pune and Nashik is finally moving ahead. The Maharashtra Railway Infrastructure Development Limited is all set to start work by February 2019, according to Shivajirao Adhalrao Patil, Member of Parliament, Shirur.

Addressing a press conference, Patil said,“MRIDL is working on the project on priority basis.The laying of railway track is likely to start by February 2019.This high speed railway will save travel time by two hours. It will not only be used by passengers, but also for transporting agricultural and industrial goods.”

The new line with a length of 231 km will connect the two fastest growing cities in the state. The Central Railway has sanctioned the project with an estimated cost of ₹7,500 crore and the project is expected to be completed in 2022.

Sharing details about the project, Patil said, “In September 2018, the railway ministry and the state government formed MRIDL as a special purpose vehicle to expedite the delayed proposal in the state.
“For the project, ₹1,500 crore will be raised by both the state and central governments and the remaining amount will be raised by borrowing money from the banking industry. High speed railway will run with a speed of 220 km per hour.”

The new railway lane requires at least 1,300 hectares of land located in Pune, Ahmednagar and Nashik districts. As per the proposal, the 231-km track will have 21 stations.

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