The inspection of the last portion of the Chandigarh-Ludhiana rail link by the officials of the Commission for Railway Safety was completed on Monday. The speed trial was also conducted. Once the report is prepared, a date for opening of the track will be decided.
The inspection of the 51-km portion of the track was conducted over a period of three days. On Monday, the last eight km was inspected. Thereafter, the speed trial was conducted.
Divisional Railway Manager, Ambala Division, P K Sanghi said, “The inspection was conducted smoothly. The speed trial has been done. Once the Commission for Railway Safety gives its clearance, the track will become operational.”
With the track becoming operational, new trains on the route will start. Another train between Amritsar and Chandigarh will become operational apart from the Superfast Express. The proposed train between Kalka and Katra will ply on this track. The track will save around half an hour to 45 minutes of the time currently taken by the trains to commute.
Two phases of the track have already been operational for the past few years. In February this year, a goods train was plied from Chandigarh to Ludhiana to test the whole track.