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Posted: Oct 27 (11:07)

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Oct 27 (11:07)   Gujarat plans elevated railway lines in Gir Wildlife Sanctuary

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AHMEDABAD: The state forest department is looking at the option to set up elevated railway lines passing through that is home to the last surviving population of Asiatic. The proposal comes after the Indian Railways submitted in the Gujarat high court recently that it has shelved plans to upgrade the existing railway tracks in the sanctuary. The proposed project is on the lines of Pench Tiger Reserve running between Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra where an elevated stretch helps protect animals around National Highway 44, said a senior forest department official. Last counted, Gujarat has 674 lions in 2020. The project to elevate the 14-km long railway line from Sasan to Kachiya cutting through the heart of the is at a nascent stage. The state forest department has held initial level talks with the Indian Railways, the official said. Presently, the railways has been asked to work out the financial aspects of...
the project. It will be then taken at the Gujarat government level for further discussion before taking a final call, the official added. “If building elevated tracks in Gir sanctuary proves cost effective, we may also consider elevating all existing railway lines running through periphery and eco-sensitive zones of the lion habitat that are in need of upgradation,” said another senior forest department official. At the 19th Gujarat State Board for Wild Life meeting held on September 29, 2020, a proposal was submitted by Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd for upgrading the current meter gauge line to broad gauge with electrification. Gir Sanctuary has been declared as an eco-sensitive zone, and there is restriction on such construction activity within a radius of 10 kilometers from the sanctuary. The Railways authority and state government filed affidavits in response to the Gujarat high court’s query about a report submitted by amicus curiae Hemang Shah, taking exception to the track upgrade and laying of oil and gas pipelines through Gir sanctuary and its eco-sensitive zone. The lawyer presented his report and demanded cancellation of development projects in the protected areas in proceedings of a PIL, which the high court had filed suo motu for conservation of Asiatic lions. The state government has submitted before the court that it has returned the Railways’ proposal to the deputy conservator of forests and has not forwarded it to National Board for Wild Life (NBWL) for final approval.

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Oct 27 (12:30)
riz339~   4410 blog posts
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Very good decision

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Oct 27 (13:52)
A2Z~   17379 blog posts
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This should be a norm as other new line, guage conversion, doubling railway projects are also being not cleared for the same reason.

Oct 27 (13:53)
A2Z~   17379 blog posts
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Doing GC as usual i.e. Ground level vs elevated lines.
Advantage of the later option are:
1) no severe speed restriction like 20/30 kmph. Faster train operation possible.
2) No tension for Locopilot to blow horn and keep extra vigilant eye while crossing the section
Lesser journey time/ faster average speed of section.
4) Much higher sectional capacity i.e. can run more trains on the route
5) Opportunity for IR to straighten the curves and improve track geometry in the section thereby removal of any permanent speed restriction and making section fit for Semi High Speed train operation in future.
Going by above, even a higher investment for elevated tracks seems to be justified

Oct 27 (19:07)
riz339~   4410 blog posts
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The melghat tiger reserve problem can be solve by this for mahow khandwa akola #gc project

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