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     New Delhi, August 24, 2016: Prime Minister Narendra Modi led Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs today approved construction of fourth line between Jharsuguda and Bilaspur.

     The fourth line between Jharsuguda and Bilaspur would be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs.1,973.46 crore and expected completion cost of Rs.2,298.31 crore, official sources said here.
     Jharsuguda district in Odisha and Raigarh, Janjgir-Champa and Bilaspur districts of Chhattisgarh will be covered by this 206 km long railway line and is expected to be completed in five years, they added.

      Jharsuguda-Bilaspur route forms a part of Howrah-Mumbai trunk route passing through major industrial areas.

      This line plays an important role in transportation of freight and passenger traffic from Eastern and Southern regions to Northern and Western regions and vice versa.

     In order to meet the growth in the freight and passenger traffic, construction of fourth line on this route was felt essential, said the officials.

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