Ratlam: Divisional railway manager (DRM) of Ratlam division of western railways on Saturday said that they are awaiting instructions from zonal headquarters for inauguration of newly constructed Indore-Mhow broad gauge rail-line.
“The project has been completed and now we are waiting for permission from zonal headquarters,” said DRM Manoj Sharma during his visit to Indore railway station. He said that apart from completion of the project, they have also sent proposal for trains to be run on this line. As soon as they get the permission from the ministry they will start operation. Sharma also carried out inspection of platform number 1 to 4. The inspection was a part of routine improvement and quality check. He emphasized on cleanliness at platforms and directed officials to maintain.
“Some drainage lines were affected due to ongoing general improvement works, and I have directed officials to solve the issues before beginning of rainy season,” he said, while speaking to media after inspection. He added that similar instructions have been issued for other railway stations to clear the drainage lines before monsoon.
The Commissioner Railway Safety (CRS) will carry out inspection of 22 km long Indore-Mhow section, which is converted into broad gauge.
He further said that after the March 21 inspection, the CRS had issued OK certificate to the Ratlam Division but it also put a question mark on certain ancillary works like LC gate position, track side security etc.
Till March 21, tracks of platform no. 2 and 3 of Mhow could not be linked. Sources said that most possibly the CRS may visit the city railway station next week and undertake inspection of this section just to check the status of work on which he has doubts. Thereafter the section is likely to be opened for traffic.
However, talking to media persons, the DRM said “the track is okay and we are ready to ply trains on this section, but waiting for green signal from the Railway Board.”
Earlier, the DRM inspected platforms of the city railway station and checked the status of the services being offered by railways to passengers including water and sanitation. He also inspected site where escalators to be installed outside platform no.1.
While interacting with ZRUCC member Ajit Singh Narang and member of Railway Board’s passenger amenities committee Anju Makhija, the DRM said that now Simhastha is over and we are focusing on completion of remaining works. Both demanded that platforms of long distance trains should be fixed and maximum such trains should be run from platform no 1 and 4.