वीरंगम Viramgam (VG): In a major relief to passengers travelling to and from Saurashtra, the work on the 65km double tracks between Viramgam and Surendranagar is likely to be completed in four months.
“The work is under progress and it will soon be ready for operation. Once the double tracks between Viramgam and Surendranagar is ready, it will help maintain punctuality of trains coming and going from the Rajkot division. If we have double tracks, train services will not be affected while carrying out maintenance work of the tracks,” Vinay Babtiwale, Divisional Railway Manager of the Western Railway’s Rajkot Division, told.
Sources said that doubling of tracks will help railways extend trains to Surendranagar and Rajkot in future.
“There are many trains that currently terminate at Ahmedabad. These can be extended to Surendranagar and Rajkot stations to provide more connectivity between Rajkot and other cities of Saurashtra,” said an insider.
On Monday, S K Sood, general manager of the Western Railways, conducted annual inspection of the Rajkot division along with his team comprising of senior officers.
During his visit, various representatives met him and demanded more trains to Rajkot. He assured that the Railways would consider their representations.
Meanwhile, a proposal of the Rajkot division was pending with the ministry of Railways for doubling of tracks between Surendranagar and Rajkot.
“We had sent the proposal three years ago to the central government. It is a Rs 1,300 crore project and if sanctioned will give major boost to the region both in terms of passengers and goods transport,” said a senior official.