The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on 17 May 2017 approved the construction of double line with electrification between Phephana-Indara and Mau-Shahganj (excluding Indara-Mau) in Uttar Pradesh (UP). This electrified doubling line will spread across 150 km approximately. The respective length of the Phephana-Indara and Mau-Shahganj lines will be 50.53 km and 99.75 km respectively.
The estimated cost of the Project will be Rs 1028.95 crore with expected completion cost of Rs 1190.98 crore. The project is likely to be completed in next five years. The doubling of these lines will remove the pressure over the congested North Central Railway route by providing an alternative route. It will lead to economic prosperity and development of the areas.
The areas served by Phephana-Indara and Mau-Shahganj routes of UP are densely populated and there has been persistent unfulfilled demand of additional trains for the local and metropolitans cities. Shahganj-Mau-Phephna provides an important link between Amritsar-Moradabad-Lucknow-Mughalsarai-Patna section and Gorakhpur-Chhapra-Hajipur-Guwahati section. Thus, the doubling of this section will provide much needed relief to Varanasi-Mughalsarai and Makama-Barauni section which are highly congested.