Nagpur: The South East Central Railway (SECR), Nagpur, has sought feasibility report about operating a MEMU (Mainline Electrical Multiple Unit) train between Kanhan and Butibori. It is the sort of rake used for running local services in cities like Mumbai and Calcutta. The issue was raised at the Divisional Railway Users Consultative Committee (DRUCC) by Member Pravin Dabli on December 2, 2013. Looking into the growing workforce employed at Butibori MIDC and bright prospects of Mihan taking shape, a demand was pushed by the DRUCC.
However, barring Kanhan and Kamptee railway stations, the entire area of Memu train falls under Nagpur Central Railway. Recently, SECR Divisional Commercial Manager (DCM) Tanmay Mukhopadhyay had written to Senior Divisional Commercial Manager (Sr.DCM) of Central Railway, seeking feasibility report about operating a Memu.
Mukhopadhyay confirmed the development.
Dabli said Nagpur is a growing city and its limits have crossed 25km. A lot of people are employed at Butibori MIDC. In the advent of Mihan, a train on the lines of a local is need of the hour. “At present, workers from Kanhan and Kamptee have to travel in a city bus till Sitabuldi and then again board another bus. This is not only costly but time consuming,” said Dabli.
SECR is already developing Itwari station into a terminus and trains can stop and originate from here in future. At present, a select passenger trains stop at Itwari. People residing in eastern parts of the city are still deprived of a facility to reach the main station. The Memu train can help many of them to reach the main station.
Earlier, SECR used to operate Nagpur-Bilaspur Shivnath Express from Itwari. However, extension of the train till Nagpur played a spoilsport. “If a Memu train is operated between Kanhan and Butibori there will be no need to operate Shivnath from main station,” suggested a section of DRUCC members.
DRUCC has also suggested to use the rake of Nagpur-Tata passenger which is idle during the day.