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Khattar okays elevated track to ease Kurukhshetra traffic

Statesman News Service | Chandigarh |

To decongest the traffic in Kurukhshetra, an elevated track will be constructed in the holy city on Kurukshetra- Narwana railway line at a cost of Rs 224.58 crore.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Tuesday gave in-principle approval to the project to be undertaken by the Haryana Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation (HRIDC).

Out of the total project cost of Rs 224.58 crore, an amount of Rs 100 crore will be shared by the Union ministry of Railways. The elevated railway track would do away with five level crossings in the city, reducing traffic jams.

While stating this, an official spokesman said that this would be the second Elevated Railway Line in the state since the CM recently launched the country’s first elevated railway track project over the Rohtak-Gohana- Panipat section of the railway track in Rohtak city being constructed at a cost of Rs 315.71 crore.

He said that the construction of Elevated Railway Line in Kurukshetra would not only ease the traffic but also help saving of time and fuel of public due to removal of level crossings.

The spokesman said that the platform at Thanesar Halt Station would be provided at raised level like metro station. He said that there would be no acquisition of land and the whole work would be carried out in the existing railway land. The total length of the project would be 5.18 kilometers with 4.511 kilometers of elevated track length.

He said that the project would be environment friendly and integrate the old city with the new city. With the construction of this project, five level crossings would be closed permanently, resulting in saving of man, power and maintenance cost. Apart from saving of cost on construction of Road over Bridges (ROB), it would enhance the safety of running trains, the spokesman said.