Under the Hajipur-Sugauli new rail line project, trains can start operating between Vaishali and Deoria Kothi from March-2023. For this, the construction department of East Central Railway has intensified the exercise. The Chief Administrative Officer of the Construction Department has issued a tender for 15 bridges and five road underbridges and other construction work in the 30 km long Vaishali and Deoria Kothi railway line. 58 crore 56 lakh rupees will be spent on the construction work of police, road underbridge, wall, yard and drain etc. The tender process will be completed by December 15.
Under the first phase of the project, work has been completed from Ghoswar to Vaishali. Under the second phase, exercise has started for work from Vaishali to Deoria Kothi. The project was sanctioned in 2003-2004. With the completion of this project, the famous Buddhist sites of Vaishali, Kesaria, Areraj and Sugauli will be connected. Fifty lakh people of Vaishali, Muzaffarpur and East Champaran will be benefited by the completion of the project. People from the western areas of Champaran and Muzaffarpur will be able to easily travel to Patna by train via Hajipur without reaching Muzaffarpur Junction.
Speed up work after review of parliamentary committee
The Parliamentary Standing Committee (Railways) had visited Muzaffarpur and East Champaran on September 7 to review the Vaishali-Sugauli new railway line project. The officials had apprised the MPs of the progress of the project. The project has been brought into motion after the visit of the Parliamentary Standing Committee. Passenger trains have started running from 18 September 2020 after the construction of 30 km long rail line from Ghoswar to Vaishali under the project. On completion of the project, rail travel will start from half a dozen stations in Saraiya, Paru and Sahebganj blocks of Muzaffarpur.
Fourfold increase in cost due to delay in construction
The initial sanctioned cost of Hajipur- Sugauli new rail line project was Rs 528.65 crore. The delay in construction has increased the cost to Rs 2066.78 crore. The cost of the land increased from Rs 115 crore to Rs 999 crore. Due to earthworks and increase in the number of railway underbridges, the cost increased by Rs 194 crore. Rs 183.41 crore will be spent on electrification work.