7 years on, Ferozepur-Patti railway link awaits acquisition - ECAS Punjab

7 years on, Ferozepur-Patti railway link awaits acquisition

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Anirudh Gupta

Ferozepur, October 4

Even seven years after the "crucial" 25.47-km Ferozepur-Patti rail link project was given the "green" light in the Railway Budget, the state government has failed to acquire land for its construction.

The line, once operational, will shorten the distance between northern states, including Punjab, and trade capitals of Gujarat and Maharashtra to a large extent, besides facilitating quick movement of defence forces towards Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

The government has constituted an expert group to review the social impact assessment aimed at identifying land in 11 villages to be acquired.

Reportedly, 165.69 hectares is required for the project, including 70.01 hectares in three Ferozepur villages and 95.68 hectares in eight villages of Tarn Taran.

Once completed, the distance between Ferozepur and Amritsar will be reduced by 32 km, while travel between Amritsar and Mumbai will be shortened by 240 km. Further, the distance between Jammu and Mumbai will be reduced by 267 km.

The link will connect two important regions of the state — Malwa and Majha. The Ferozepur-Amritsar link was snapped during the Partition, when a portion from Ganda Singh Wala (now in Kasur) up to Khem Karan went to Pakistan, necessitating the need for alternative (Ferozepur-Patti) connectivity.

In the 2013 Railway Budget, then minister Pawan Bansal had given the nod to the project, but it was delayed as the state government could not provide land.

Ferozepur Division DRM Rajesh Aggarwal said the Railways would start the construction work as soon as the state government allocated land.

Ferozepur (Urban) MLA Parminder Singh Pinki said the link would act as a catalyst in ensuring the all-round development of the district.



from The Tribune https://ift.tt/3ldVj3H

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