Indore: A 350-km Manmad-Indore rail line between Manmad to Indore via Malegaon-Dhule-Nardana, should be built as per the public-private-partnership (PPP) model to avoid delay and price escalation, MLA Anil Gote demanded in the Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha on Friday.

The project costing around Rs 3500 crore has received in-principle approval from the Planning Commission and Ministry of Railways and private companies could construct it as per schedule, Gote who has been advocating the shortest route between Mumbai and Indore told reporters.

In his letters to railway authorities, Gote said that the new broad gauge link from Manmad-Malegaon-Dhule-Nardana-Shirpur-Sendhawa-Dhamnod-Mhow and Indore would save not only 250 km of travel but would also reduce travelling time by five hours.

He said that governments of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashra should pursue this project as it would open floodgates of investment for both the states.

The Planning Commission has opined that the two states should provide free land to the railways and share fifty percent of the construction cost, he said.

Sectors like textiles, agro-based industries, logistics, food processing, and infotech would benefit if the proposed rail link was constructed, he said.

The cost of the Rs 3500-crore rail link could be raised by commercial exploitation of the land, he said.

(Agencies)

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