Madhya Pradesh has around 4,954 km of railway
lines & the state is connected to different states of the country through
more than 425 trains which travel on daily basis.
US$ 926 million has been allocated for
construction of roads and bridges in the state budget 2017-18.
The railway network in Madhya Pradesh primarily
falls under the West-Central Railways, which was formed in 2002 and is
headquartered in Jabalpur. Part of the state is also covered by Central &
Being centrally located, the railway network in
the state assumes great significance. Madhya Pradesh’s capital, Bhopal is one
of the foremost railway junctions in the country, as 220 trains travel through
the capital alone.
Mineral & agro-based industries in Madhya
Pradesh are highly dependent on the railway network of the state. It supports
these industries by transporting bauxite, limestone, dolomite, clinker,
fertilizer & de-oiled cake.
As per annual budget 2016-17, construction work
on phase-I of 28 km long Bhopal metro rail & 31 km long Indore metro rail
was initiated in 2015-16 & is expected to be completed by 2018-19. For
these projects, a total loan of US$ 458.30 million & US$ 1.83 billion would
be provided by the central government as well as Japan International
Corporation Agency respectively. It awaits clearance from the Union government.
In June 2017, Bhopal’s railway station Habibganj
became the country’s first railway station to be redeveloped into an attractive
commercial hub with hotels, offices & shops under a public-private
partnership within the next three years. The project for maintenance &
operations has been given to Bansal Group for 8 years.
Moreover, during 2016-17, the state government
allocated US$ 69.04 million for construction work on phase-I of the 28 km-long
Bhopal metro rail & 31 km-long Indore metro rail.
In December 2016, Madhya Pradesh Cabinet
approved the detailed project reports (DPRs) of the Metro rail projects for
Bhopal & Indore, costing US$2.12 billion