The long-pending demand for a third rail linebetween Mughalsarai and Kiulvia Buxar seems to have been considered by the Centre as Rs1.5 crore has been allocated in the Budget for 2017-2018 to assess its feasibility and submit a survey report to the railway ministry. Technical experts will submit the report within six months from now so that the third line could be sanctioned in the next Budget, sources said.
Danapur DRM R K Jha said the Mughalsarai-Jhajha mainline route has reached about 160 per cent saturation, which often leads to late running of passenger trains. Besides, both Down and UP lines in Danapur division have been since pre-independence era. Passenger and goods trains are running on the same tracks. Thus, a third line between Mughalsarai and Kiul will decongest the existing route, he said .
Sources said railway ministry had allocated Rs61 lakh last year to conduct a survey between Buxar and Mokama for laying a third line. The survey report has already been submitted to the Railway Board. It says a third line is feasible. However, the report mentioned a few hiccups likely to arise between Danapur and Patna Sahebstation due to congestion, sources said, adding the new survey will be carried out on Mughalsarai-Buxar and Mokama-Kiul routes only.