India’s Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the construction of a railway line between Bahraich and Khalilabad in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

The 240.26km broad gauge line will be developed with an investment of Rs49.39bn ($675m).

Scheduled to be completed between 2024–25, the line will pass through five districts in Uttar Pradesh, including four aspirational districts of Bahraich, Balrampur, Shravasti and Siddharth Nagar, as well as Sant Kabirnagar.

Forming part of India’s North Eastern Railway, the Bahraich-Khalilabad line is expected to generate employment during construction.

The line will provide basic infrastructure support for industrial development with socio-economic outputs, offer an alternative route to Bahraich-Khalilabad and connect border districts.

“The approved line is passing through the district Shravasti (Bhinga), which is an important tourist place and closely associated with the life of Gautam Buddha.”

In a statement, the Indian Government said: “The approved line is passing through the district Shravasti (Bhinga), which is an important tourist place and closely associated with the life of Gautam Buddha.

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“Shravasti is also an important tourist centre for Jains as the Sobhanath temple is believed to be the birthplace of the Tirthankara Sambhavanath.

“The Devi Patan temple in Tulsipur, which is close to Balrampurtown, is one of the famous 51 Shakti Peethas of MaaDurga. The line will promote tourism in the region.”

Last month, the Government of India approved a Rs59.51bn ($820m) railway electrified line project in the state of Chhattisgarh.

The project will see the construction of railway connectivity on a 294.53km route from Katghora to Dongargarh.