Indian Railways Mission Raftaar: Indian Railways is working to improve the average speeds of passenger and freight trains as part of its Mission Raftaar. The “Mission Raftaar” was announced by the government in the 2016-17 rail budget. In this context, the development works of the 3rd line of 273 km between the Mathura – Jhansi section are progressing at full speed. Upon completion of this 3rd line project between Mathura and Jhansi, trains will run at a speed of over 150 km/h on this route, the Ministry of Railways said. The development works of the 3rd line between Mathura and Jhansi was sanctioned by the Railway Board under number 15 of the pink book 2015-16. The total cost of the sanctioned project was Rs 3677.76 crore. This construction work on Line 3 of the Mathura – Jhansi section was handed over to Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL), a PSU under the Ministry of Railways, in December 2015.
According to RVNL, the construction of the 3rd line on the busy Mathura – Jhansi railway line will increase the capacity of the line, facilitating the smooth operation of passenger trains and freight trains. This line will cover Agra, Mathura and Jhansi districts of Uttar Pradesh, Gwalior, Morena, Datia districts of Madhya Pradesh as well as Dholpur district of Rajasthan. Earlier, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) said that the Mathura – Jhansi section is a broad gauge double line on the New Delhi – Mumbai CST route. The project will increase capacity, reduce detention and accommodate future traffic growth.
According to the details available on RVNL website, some of the other Indian Railways new line projects currently underway include Rishikesh – Karnaprayag new line, Barkhera – Budni section of Bhopal, Yevatmal – Nanded, Dighi Port – Roha , Angul – Sukinda Road, Fatuah – Islampur, Mau – Ghazipur – Tarighat, Dallirajhara – Rowghat, Bhanupali – Bilaspur – Beri, Indore – Jabalpur, Char Dham New Line, Angul Sukinda New Line, etc.