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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Railways
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 1824
ANSWERED ON FEBRUARY 07, 2014
Gulbarga-Bidar Railway Line
1824. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:
Will the Minister of RAILWAYS be pleased to state;
(a) the status Gulbarga - Bidar railway line project;
(b) by when this railway line is likely to be completed;
(c) whether the push pull train between Bidar and Humnabad has commenced its service from 2 October 2013, as announced by the Minister; and
(d) if not, the reasons therefore and by when it is likely to commence?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(SHRI KOTLA JAYA SURYA PRAKASH REDDY)
(a) The project for constructing a new line between Gulbarga - Bidar (106.60 Km) was included in the Railway Budget for 1997-98 and approval from Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) was received in March 1999. The estimated cost of the project was Rs. 242.42 Crore at that time.
(b) Phase-I of the project between Khanapur - Homnabad (38 Kms) has been completed. The section between Homnabad - Hallikhed is scheduled for completion in 2013-14. Work for the remaining section between Hallikhed - Gulbarga (56.5 Km) has been taken up and section between Gulbarga - Sultanpur (10 Km) has been completed. No target date has been fixed for completion of the remaining section.
(c) 3 pairs of DEMU train services between Bidar and Homnabad has been introduced w.e.f 30.12.2013
(d) Does not arise.