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     New Delhi, August 24, 2016: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today given its approval for construction of third line between Rajnandgaon and Nagpur (Kalumna).

     The third line would be constructed in Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh and Gondia, Bhandara and Nagpur districts in Maharashtra at an estimated cost of Rs.1,908.51 crore and the expected completion cost is of Rs.2,193.53 crore, they added.
     It is expected that the 228.3 km long railway line will be completed in five years.
     Besides facilitating the travel, various industries, mines, coal fields and power plants will have additional transport capacity to meet their requirement.

     Rajnandgaon-Kalumna line forms a part of Howrah-Mumbai trunk route serving freight and passenger traffic from Eastern and Southern regions to Northern and Western regions and vice versa over the country.

     Due to accelerated industrial and mining developments in the region and coal traffic from IB valley, Korba area and East Corridor, there was a growing demand for a third line.

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