The process of laying new railway lines will be further accelerated during 2011-12. The Minister of Railways, Mamata Banerjee, while presenting the Railway Budget for 2011-12 , expressed the confidence of exceeding a milestone of laying of 1,000 km of new lines during the year. She proposed to complete new lines sections covering 1,075 km during 2011-12. These sections are:
7. Part of Talcher-Bimalgarh
8. Pandu Pindara-Bhaibwa
12. New Mal Jn. To Changrabandha
22. Banka-Karjhusa Halt
24. Part of Daniawan-Biharsharif
25. Part of Dhanawar-Giridih
26. Kosi Bridge
28. Part of Udaipura-Mawai Fetehabad-Bah
30. Bathua Bazar-Panchdeori
32. Part of New Coochbehar-Golakganj
34. Walajah Road-Ranipet
40. Part of Lalitpur-Khajrao-Satna, Khajuraho-Mahoba & Rewa-Singraulli
The sections which have either been completed or will be completed during 2010-11 are as follows:
- Tarn Taran-Goindwal
- Maharajganj-Bishunpur Mahuari
- Khurda Road-Begunia
- New Coochbehar-Golakganj
- Gadwal-Pandurangswami Nagore-Karaikkal
The Minister of Railways also informed the Lok Sabha that the Railways will meet the target of 800 km for Gauge Conversion during 2010-11. There are 15 sections which have either been completed or will be completed during 2010-11. For 2011-12 a target of 1,017 km has been fixed for Gauge Conversion.
She also said that the target for Doubling, which was fixed at 700 km, will also be met during 2010-11. Under this the work on 52 sections has been either completed or will be completed. For 2011-12, 35 sections covering 867 km are proposed to be doubled.
The Minister of Railways said that of the 251 updating surveys/new surveys for new lines/gauge conversion/doubling, which she had announced in the last two budgets, 12 surveys have been completed or will be completed by the end of this financial year. These lines will also be taken up in the 12th Plan.