Trial run on 13 Kms Raj Sunakhala-Bolagarh Railway line of 289-km long Khurda Road-Bolangir railway line project held in Odisha.
Khurdha: The Railways today conducted the trial run of train on the new rail line between Rajsunakhala and Bolagarh of ongoing Khurda Road-Balangir project.
Sudarshan Nayak, Chief Commissioner Railway Safety, flagged off the train for the speed trial in presence of top railway officials amid a heavy local crowd.
The railway officials will give report to the department based on which decision will be taken on the regular passenger train service.
The line is scheduled to be commissioned shortly after certification from the Commissioner of Railway (Safety).
ECoR Chief Administrative Officer (Construction) S. B. Ninawe, Divisional Railway Manager/Khurda Road Debaraj Panda, Chief Track Engineer Shri Sankarshan Nayak and Deputy Chief Engineer (Construction), S.K. Parida were also present on the occasion.
The dream of the people came true after a gap of 21 years, as the railways finally started the extension rain to Rajsunakhala linking it to Khurda road and Begunia.
Scores of local people had assembled along the railway line to witness the train chugging along the track.
“We are happy that our longstanding dream will come true. We would be happy if the services start at the earliest so that we can commute in train,” a local resident expressed.
A similar trial run of the engine on July 31 along the stretch. This is the second such trial on the route.
It may be recalled that the train service along the Khurda Road-Bolangir railway line project has been completed upto Raj Sunakhala. The passenger train till Raj Sunakhala was flagged off in November last year.
Notably, Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu had flagged off the first-ever train to run on the 32 km stretch of Khurda Road-Begunia section of the Khurda-Bolangir track at Begunia station on July 16 last year.