NER Aunrihar-Ghazipur Project Commissioned
Varanasi: Aunrihar-Ghazipur doubling along Railway Electrification (40 km) super critical project of the Varanasi division of North Eastern Railway (NER) was commissioned on Wednesday in all respects.
The spokesperson Ashok Kumar said that despite the Covid-19 pandemic this project has been commissioned in three phases within one year -the Aunrihar-Taraon (13 km) in October 2020, Taraon-Nandganj (9 km) in November 2020 and Nandganj-Ghazipur City (8 km) in March 2021.
Senior officials of NER including chief administrative officer (construction) RK Yadav, Varanasi DRM Vijay Kumar Panjiyar, chief electrical engineer Santosh Bairwa, chief engineer (construction) Pannalal, chief engineer (signal and communication) Neelabh Mahesh and others were present during inspection.
The project falls on the Aunrihar-Chapra route and is connected at Aunrihar junction on one end and Ghazipur on another end. In this project, rake handling siding of Ghazipur city has been shifted to Nandganj in June/July 2020 which decongested the traffic movement at Ghazipur City. The New rake handling siding at Nandganj is very near to have a four-lane highway connecting Varanasi to Gorakhpur.
This current financial year has been badly affected due to COVID-19 pandemic which was very challenging since all works have been carried out dully following COVID-19 protocol. The project costing Rs. 302 crore was sanctioned in 2014-15. The main features of the project include two new major bridges and 20 new minor bridges, island platform at three stations and end platforms at three stations, new FOB at all six stations, nine new loop lines. There are six crossing stations and two halt stations.