20-km long patch of third Railway Line between Nagpur and Wardha stations to be opened for train movement soon

General Manager of Central Railway claimed that third and fourth lines would be completed in two-and-a-half years

MUMBAI: D K Sharma, General Manager, Central Railway, on Tuesday announced that 20-km long railway line out of proposed 78-km long third railway line between Nagpur and Wardha stations would be opened for train movement next year. However, the entire project that include laying of the third and fourth line will take another two-and-a-half years for completion.

Addressing a press conference at the office of Central Railway’s Divisional Railway Manger (DRM) immediately after a day-long annual inspection, Sharma claimed that work of fourth railway line would start after completion of land acquisition process. “The land acquisition procedure is in last phase and railway officials are co-ordinating the exercise with officials of State Government,” he said.
When asked about future plans for Ajni Railway Station, Sharma claimed that the station would be developed as the satellite station and more trains would run from the station. The plans are on cards, he added.

On the issue of running of Metro trains between Nagpur and four nearby towns – Bhandara, Wardha, Katol and Ramtek stations, Sharma replied that plans were ready and execution would began after receiving Metro coaches from MahaMetro. “We are waiting for the Metro coaches,” he said.  Sharma also assured of covering open area of Platform No. 8 and construction of a new Foot Over Bridge (FOB). “FoB would connect all the eight platforms of the station,” he said.

When asked about plans of developing Nagpur Railway Station as world-class railway station, Sharma informed that railways had received poor response from private partners when tenders were invited for development of three major railway stations as world-class in the zone. Now, the railways have relaxed norms and extended lease period upto 99 years and this would work. “Habibganj and Gandhi Nagar stations would be first developed as world-class stations. Thereafter, Mumbai, Napgur and other stations will get world-class look,” he claimed. Maninder Singh Uppal, DRM, Sunil Udasi, CPRO, Central Railway and officials were present at the press conference.