Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unveil development projects worth over Rs 19,100 crore in Bulandshahr, western Uttar Pradesh, on Thursday, according to authorities.

Modi will light off goods trains from the two stations via video conferencing to officially open the 173-kilometer-long double-line electrified segment between New Khurja and New Rewari on the dedicated freight corridor (DFC). Officials stated that this new DFC portion is significant because it provides critical connectivity between the western and eastern freight corridors. 

This segment is especially notable for its incredible feat of engineering, which includes a one-kilometer-long double-line rail tunnel with high-rise electrification, the first of its type in the world.

This tunnel is built to accommodate double-stack container trains. According to them, this new DFC segment will assist enhance passenger train operations by relocating cargo trains onto DFC tracks. The prime minister will also launch the fourth rail line connecting Mathura-Palwal and Chipiyana Buzurg-Dadri sections, as well as some road development projects, according to officials.

These road projects, which have a total cost of more than Rs 5,000 crore, would boost connectivity and contribute to regional economic growth, they said. Among the projects Modi will inaugurate are Indian Oil’s Tundla-Gawaria pipeline and an “integrated industrial township at Greater Noida” (IITGN), which was developed following the prime minister’s vision of integrated planning and coordinated implementation of infrastructure connectivity projects under PM-GatiShakti. 

The project, which cost Rs 1,714 crore to build, spans 747 acres and is positioned near the convergence of eastern and western dedicated freight routes, as well as the Eastern Peripheral Expressway to the south and the Delhi-Howrah broad gauge railway line to the east.

The strategic position of IITGN guarantees unprecedented connection since other multi-modal connectivity infrastructure is situated nearby, according to authorities. With the Lok Sabha elections scheduled for April-May, the projects will help the ruling BJP strengthen its pro-development credentials, especially as they are in Uttar Pradesh, a strategically key state.