कासगंज Kasganj (KSJ): The successful trial of Ramganga broad gauge line, connecting Bareilly with Kasgunj, Etah, will bring cheer to region as locals and various travellers from other regions of the country can plan visit to Uttarakhand by rail mode of transport.
As per railway officials, “Completion of broad gauge route would provide better connectivity with Uttarakhand and stations of the south in coming days. The trains are expected to touch land mark speed of 100 km/hours and will cover several prominent stations of Uttarakhand and south.”
The train service would go a long way in addressing woes of thousands of locals from these areas who were without a proper rail link for the last few decades. The trial successfully concluded on Saturday evening.
As per reports, the train started at around 9:49am from Kasganj railway station and was declared successful by a team of engineers after it reached Ram Ganga railway station in Bareilly at around 3:30pm. Railway officials said the trials were conducted at an average speed of 40 kmph though it was decided earlier that average speed would be around 20 kmph. The decision was taken by the team of officials after they found the track to be in good condition.
The project began under the UPA government in 2005-06 and was part of several other stretches where meter gauge existed. However, except for Bareilly-Kasganj route, all the meter gauge routes have been converted to broad gauge.
Three unmanned railway crossings may prove to be a hurdle in opening the track for public. At present, locals are opposing construction of subways by railway authorities though talks are on between both the parties.
Talking to TOI, PRO, Izzatnagar division, Rajendra Singh said, “Trial was conducted on the route from Kasganj via Kacchla bridge to Ram Ganga railway station. The trial was successful and soon reports of the trial will be sent to Railway Board followed by Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) in December, after which the track will declared open for commuters. As of now, we are planning to open the track in the first week of January next year.”