Wednesday, 21 September 2022 | PNS | DEHRADUN
Paving the way for completion of the construction of a new rail line between Deoband and Roorkee, the ministry of Railways has approved a sum of Rs 28.31 crore for land acquisition in four villages in Haridwar district. The information about the approval of the budget for the important project was given by the Union Railways minister Ashwini Vaishnaw in a letter written to the chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami.
It is pertinent to mention here that CM Dhami during his recent visit to Delhi had requested the Union Railways minister Vaishnaw for compensation to the villagers for the land acquired from them for the rail line. The CM has expressed his gratitude to the Union minister for the approval of the compensation for the villagers.
The 27.45 kilometre long rail link between Roorkee and Deoband stations would reduce the distance of Delhi and Roorkee by 33 kilometres and Dehradun to Delhi by 40 kilometres. At present the train takes the route of Tapri to reach Roorkee. After completion of work on the rail link the train would directly go to Roorkee from Deoband.
The work on the Rs 691 crore project started in the year 2018 and a target to get it completed by the year 2021 was initially taken up. However the pandemic of Covid-19 and issue of compensation to the farmers for the land acquired from them delayed the project. The release of the sum of Rs 28.31 crore is now expected to expedite the completion of the important project.