Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by the Prime Minister has approved a new rail line to be constructed by the Indian Railways at an estimated cost of Rs. 2798.16 crore.
This railway line will run through the Sirohi district of Rajasthan, Banaskantha and Mahesana districts of Gujarat. It will be 116.65 Km in length and will connect Taranga Hill to Ambaji in Gujarat, and further to Abu Road in Rajasthan. This project will be completed by 2026-27, and will generate employment of about 40 lakh man-days.
Other than providing an alternative to the Ahmedabad-Abu Road railway route, this new railway line shall connect Taranga Hill and Ambaji to the Indian Railways’ main network. Taranga Hill and Ambaji are important Jain and Hindu pilgrimage sites respectively. Therefore, this line shall benefit not only devotees who visit these places, but also facilitate the movement of goods and local produce.