BJP MP from Hamirpur Anurag Thakur has claimed in a press release issued today that a new rail line connecting Una to Hamirpur has been approved in the Union Budget 2017-18. The note said that It has given a reason to Himachal Pradesh to rejoice as Anurag Thakur has yet again brought laurels to the State with the approval of Una-Hamirpur railway line. The approximate length of the railway line is 50 km and estimated to be constructed at the cost of Rs. 2815 crore.
Anurag Thakur said, “I am extremely happy and thankful to the Central Government for approving Una-Hamirpur railway line as a part of the Union Budget 2017-18. This is a significant milestone for the State and I am humbled with the support offered by our honorable Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Modi, Finance Minister Sh. Arun Jaitley, Railway Minister Sh. Suresh Prabhu and Minister of State for Railways Sh. Manoj Sinha for firstly getting the survey done in a record time and now approving the construction of the railway line.”
The survey for Una–Hamirpur railway line was completed in June 2016 and on February 1 2017, the construction has been approved. “This is a testimony of the Central Government’s growth oriented approach.” said Thakur. He further added, “It is also a matter of great pride that Hamirpur Parliamentary Constituency will become the first wherein all three districts will be connected through railway line. This would indeed be a major boost for the economic viability of the State at large.” The release said that with the construction of Una-Hamirpur railway line, the pressure of road transport is expected to ease considerably.
Thakur said that he has been laying continuous efforts to enhance the connectivity in the State and this can be gauged from the fact that in the Union Budget 2017-18 close to Rs. 400 crore have been sanctioned for railway construction, which in itself is a record. For Una–Talwara Rs. 100 crore and Bhanupali–Bilaspur–Beri Rs. 250 crore have been sanctioned in this financial year. Even in the Railway Budget 2016-17, Rs. 310 crore, 2015-16 Rs. 355 crore were sanctioned, while during the regime of UPA Government only 40-50 crore used to get approved. He added, “The Central Government is committed to complete new line Amb Andaura–Daulatpur (16 km) and electrification of Una–Amb Andaura project by end of this year.”