1.5 km of railway line is left to be laid down out of total of 80 km stretch
Work on the Ratlam-Fatehabad rail section is going on at a brisk pace and only 1.5 km of rail line is left to be laid down out of total of 80 km. “The work should be completed by June 15,” said Pradeep Sharma, public relations officer, Western Railway Ratlam division.
However, it will take a few more weeks for the trains to start plying between the two stations. Once the work is completed, the railways will write to commissioner of railways safety for his permission.
The Ratlam- Fatehabad section has been closed since January 1 under first phase of gauge conversion between Indore and Ratlam. A trial run between Ratlam and Pritam Nagar railway station was conducted on March 22.
Moreover, before any trains could be run on this track, other work such as interlocking, yard remolding and increasing the height of the platform have to be completed first.
Once the section is completed, gauge conversion work will begin on Fatehabad-Indore section and the project is scheduled to be completed in 2013-14.
Budget has been sanctioned for Fatehabad- Mhow gauge conversion in the recently announced Union railway budget. The railways are waiting for allotment to begin work on this section. A consultant appointed by the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation has considered gauge conversion work as essential for the economic growth. Economic and strategic importance of this route has also been acknowledged by the Union finance ministry.