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Rail Infrastructure Budget for UP Sees Remarkable 16-Fold Surge Since 2014, Announces Railways Minister Vaishnaw

Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw recently disclosed a noteworthy increase in the annual budgetary allocations for the development of railway infrastructure in Uttar Pradesh.

By Rekha Joshi 
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Uttar Pradesh: Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw recently disclosed a noteworthy increase in the annual budgetary allocations for the development of railway infrastructure in Uttar Pradesh. The surge, a staggering 16 times more than the budgeted amounts from 2009 to 2014, underscores the government’s commitment to enhancing rail connectivity and services in the state.

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According to Pankaj Kumar Singh, Chief Public Relation Officer of North Eastern Railway (NER), the allocated budget for the fiscal year 2023-24 stands at ₹17,507 crore specifically designated for the advancement of rail infrastructure in Uttar Pradesh. This substantial increase is particularly noteworthy when compared to the average budgetary allocations witnessed in the five years leading up to 2014.

Minister Vaishnaw made this announcement while virtually inaugurating a direct train route from Mau to Mumbai, symbolizing a tangible step forward in bolstering connectivity between regions. He emphasized the ongoing transformation of the rail network in Uttar Pradesh, citing the completion of 100% electrification of rail routes. Moreover, authorities are actively engaged in the renovation of 508 railway stations and have greenlit the development of new rail lines, signifying a comprehensive approach to modernizing the state’s railway infrastructure.

Present at the inauguration, Arvind Sharma, a cabinet minister in the Yogi government, expressed optimism about the positive repercussions of the new train service, particularly for the powerloom and textile industry in Mau. This development aligns with the broader vision of fostering economic growth and connectivity across Uttar Pradesh through strategic railway initiatives.

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