Pit-line facility at Chikalthana over Nagarsol better due to availability of water

AURANGABAD: The demand for commissioning of pit-line for coach maintenance at Chikalthana near Aurangabad was raised before the Passenger Amenities Committee (PAC) of Railways during its visit to Aurangabad railway station, on Tuesday.

PAC team arrived here in the morning to listen to the demands of experts and activists who highlighted a range of issues related to Aurangabad and a few other important stations in the region.

“The construction of pit-line would enhance rail connectivity to Aurangabad and the entire region. The South Central Railway (SCR) authorities have already announced that they have chosen Chikalthana over Nagarsol for commissioning of pit-line due to better water availability. The pit-line would enable running of more number of long-distance trains originating from Aurangabad,” Railway activist, Rajkumar Somani said.

Considered to have great impact on junction’s ability of handling trains, pit-line is a facility that provides space and expertise for carrying out inspection and routine maintenance work of carriage parts of railway.

The activists also demanded starting a train to Bikaner, Rajasthan. “To begin with the train to Bikaner can be started as bi-weekly and later can run be run on daily basis. The train is bound to witness very good occupancy and fetch revenue for the SCR,” Somani said.

Among other demands, railway activists have pressed for starting the Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU) train on Igatpuri-Manmad-Aurangabad route.

Meanwhile, The PAC committee members, who travelled here by Dadar-Jalna Janshatabdi Express, reportedly had to wait for around half an hour at Manmad station as the train could not receive signal due to railway crossing.

“The incident speaks volume and the PAC members had first-hand experience of ordeal faced by passengers on daily basis,” railway activists said.