The government is unable to find an estimated Rs 2.1 lakh crore that is needed to construct four ‘priority’ strategic railway lines on the China border.The final location survey (FLS) for these four railway lines is currently being undertaken by the Ministry of Railways after the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) gave its approval in December 2015.
Government sources told The Indian Express that the matter has been discussed repeatedly by the Empowered Committee on Border Infrastructure (ECBI), chaired by the Cabinet Secretary, but no conclusive decision on the funding could be arrived at.
The Ministry of Defence has also raised the issue in the Central Permanent Coordination Framework, which has representatives of the Ministry of Railways.
The preliminary estimate of Rs 2.1 lakh crore for construction of the four strategic railway lines was provided by the Railways, and a Steering Committee under Secretary (Expenditure) in the Ministry of Finance was formed to look for ways to finance the construction.
As per government sources, Railways have declined to fund construction of these four lines, calling them commercially unviable, both in projected passenger and freight traffic. Read More
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