Indore: The much-awaited railway line between Indore and Mhow might get green signal this week after a 20-minute trial to check performance of tracks was conducted on Monday.
Commissioner of railway safety conducted the trial with train running at a speed of 120 kilometres per hour. The trial was successful but interlocking work was still pending at many places on the tracks, official sources said.
The commissioner of railway safety is expected to give trial report by end of this week. He would also mention speed limit of the tracks. The train that left Mhow at around 6.55pm reached Indore in about half an hour. Railway officials enthusiastically welcomed the train on platform number two. Most railway officials said the trial was successful and operations on the line would start by end of this month. During the trial run, railway officials guarded the entire Indore-Mhow line stretch. People living near tracks and unmanned crossings were advised to maintain a distance. Railway officials said if the line gets clearance, it would be used to run trains during Simhastha that is scheduled from April 22 to May 21. This would help reduce load from Indore station.
Indore-Mhow project was to be completed in August last year but it missed many deadlines due to technical reasons. Despite plan to build Mhow platforms for accommodating 24-bogie train, construction fell short and it would only have 16 bogies.During his visit earlier this month, Ratlam DRM Manoj Sharma had assured that length of platforms would be increased soon.