Muzaffarpur To Sagauli & Sagauli To Valmiki Nagar Lines Doubling With Electrification
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the 100.6 Km long Muzaffarpur-Sagauli & 109.7 Km Sagauli-Valmiki Nagar lines Doubling projects with electrification at completion costs of Rs. 1347.61 crore, Rs. 1381.49 crore respectively. These projects will cover the districts of Muzaffarpur, East Champaran (Motihari) and West Champaran (Bettiah) in Bihar.
Areas served by this route are densely populated regions of north Bihar. At present passenger trains suffer congestion and stoppages on Muzaffarpur to Valmiki Nagar route as the line capacity utilization are up to 213%. 38 mail/express trains are running in this section with thousands of passengers travelling daily. Additional capacity will ease congestion and allow faster and reliable movement with minimum delays.
In addition, it will enhance safety through more availability of maintenance blocks. In addition to decongesting the entire route from Muzaffarpur to Valmiki Nagar, doubling will improve capacity and connectivity, thus paving way for economic prosperity and overall development of the region. Development of eastern regions of the country is important for achieving the ‘New India’ vision of Hon’ble Prime Minister by 2022. Champaran is on the border with Nepal, thus doubling of this line will lead to better connectivity with neighbouring countries as well.
Electrification will lead to faster trains, reduce carbon emissions and promote a sustainable environment. Further, It will reduce fuel import dependence, and result in energy costs savings for Railways and forex savings for the country. In addition, Muzaffarpur-Sagauli & Sagauli-Valmiki Nagar projects will generate direct employment during construction for 24.14 lakh man-days and 26.33 lakh man-days respectively.