Union Minister of Railway Piyush Goyal has inaugurated various Indian Railways infrastructure projects in the poll bound state of West Bengal, the Ministry of Railways said in a statement.
The Minister dedicated to the nation newly electrified Manigram-Nimtita Section, Road Under Bridge (RUB) near Malda and at Manigram, five Foot Over Bridges at Khagraghat Road, Lalbagh Court Road, Tenya, Dahaparadham & Niyalishpara stations and two Foot Over Bridges at Sujnipara & Basudebpur stations, all under Eastern Railway’s Malda Division.
Through video conferencing, he also flagged off a goods train on the newly electrified Manigram-Nimtita Section.
Speaking on the occasion, Piyush Goyal said that their efforts will be directed towards making the state of West Bengal a premier state in trading and business activity in the country.
He said that railways can play an important role in development of West Bengal by expanding passenger connectivity, by expanding connectivity of freight trains, ensuring availability of raw materials & moving the products from West Bengal to all parts of the country.
He further added that every single line in West Bengal will be electrified by 2023 thereby reducing pollution, increasing speed and augmenting passengers amenities.
In the last six years Rs 19,811 crore have been invested in West Bengal to improve the railway infrastructure. The Minister said that Indian Railways has achieved the best ever safety record as no passenger lost his life in any rail accident, this major achievement is the result of hard work of railway employees.