CBI initiates probe into Railway Electrification works carried out on Itarsi-Allahabad section

Bhopal (BPL): CBI has initiated a probe on Saturday into railway electrification work on 189km track between Jabalpur and Satna districts in Madhya Pradesh following allegations that flawed erection of electric poles may lead to untoward train accidents.

Delhi-based M/s CIPL-Cobra had bagged Rs 150 crore contract of Itarsi-Allahabad rail route electrification work from West-central Railways (WCR) in 2013 for a period of 36 months and the work is in progress.

CIPL is a multi-national company working with Cobra in India.

During a joint surprise check conducted by CBI’s Jabalpur unit and WCR’s vigilance at Maihar and Satna on Saturday investigators found that some of the poles were erected without even a proper base.

“Foundation is of utmost importance for the stability of overhead line poles. It has been found that many poles were installed without a foundation. They may collapse on tracks in case of heavy rains or flood and may cause dangerous rail accidents,” said a senior railway officer wishing anonymity.

Senior engineers of WCR have also come under CBI scanner for releasing company’s payment without testing/checking of work. “There are 33 poles in every one km distance. We think many of the poles have to be re-erected,” said the officer.