Ministry of Defence21-April, 2008 18:7 IST
Railway line along Indian border
/LOK SABHA/ The existing rail network provides the requisite infrastructure to meet the requirements of Defence. Therefore, currently there is no requirement of additional railway lines in the bordering areas of Rajasthan. The broad gauge railway line exists from Samdri-Jodhpur-Merta City-Bikaner-Bhatinda-Jalandhar with adequate feeders towards Munabo, Jaisalmer, Kolayat, Anupgarh, Ganganaar, Fazilka and Firozpur. In addition gauge conversion works on Bikaner-Merta road, Jodhpur-Jaisalmer, Jodhpur-Luni-Marwar and Luni-Barmer-Munabao sections have already been completed. Further gauge conversion work on Rewari-Sadulpur, Sadulpur-Bikaner, Ajmer-Nasirabad, Chittorgarh-Mawli-Marwar and Bandikui-Bharatpur-Agra is also under progress as per the request made by Ministry of Defence.

Details of Railway lines in Pakistan along the Rajasthan Border are as under :

(a) Amrukha Bahawalnagar-Bahawalpur-Rahimyarkhan-Sukkur-Nawabshah-Karachi

(b) Bahawalnagar-Fort Abbas (in state of disuse)

(c) Nawahshah-Mirpuarkas-Naukot

(d) Mirpuarkas-Khokhropar

Since the existing rail network in Rajasthan, as of now, provides the requisite infrastructure to meet the requirements of defence, additional requirement for development of railway lines are being reviewed regularly and will be taken up as and when required.

This information was given by Defence Minister A K Antony in a written reply to Shri Raghuveer Singh Koshal in Lok Sabha today.

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(Release ID :37655)