Speed Tests successful at 110 Kmph on newly laid Indore-Tihi BG Rail line on Ratlam Division: CRS

With the new railway line operational, transportation cost of Goods through Indore-Tihi line to come down drastically. Now, industries will be able to send goods directly from Pithampur to ports at comparatively lesser cost and duration.
First Pic: CRS smiling after arriving Ratlam with his CRS Inspection Special Train. Second Pic: CRS Inspection Train at a curve near Ratlam

INDORE: A train at a speed of 110km/hour on the tracks threw away dust making it look like a thick cloud of dust suspended in the air here.

It was a scene near Juni Indore on Monday evening when the railways conducted speed trial of a newly laid broad gauge rail line between Indore and Tihi to check performance of the track.

This new 23-km line between Indore and Tihi under Indore-Dahod rail line project is expected to be commissioned by the western railways in 15 days.

The Commissioner of Railways Safety (CRS) Sushil Chandra conducted trial on this newly converted track at a speed of 110km/hour.

Chandra is expected to give trial report by this week and he would also mention speed limits of the track.

After this the railway would issue an authorization and then the train would become commercially operational.

Authorities on Sunday also carried out a technical inspection of this track.

“The track is almost ready for operations of passenger trains, but a final decision in this regard will be taken up by the railway board,” said Chandra.

He further said the track has been developed in best manner, there were few shortcomings which will be rectified soon and then the track would be made open for train operations.

The CRS began his trial from Tihi railway station around 5.10 pm and concluded at Indore at 5.31pm. The train also had halts at Rau and Rajendra Nagar railway stations.

Transportation of goods through Indore-Tihi railway line to ports will cut transportation cost by 30 per cent and save about a week’s time of local industries, industrialists said.

Industrialists delighted by the commencement of operations on the new 23-km line between Indore and Tihi under Indore-Dahod rail line project, expect cargo movement to increase due to it.

Gautam Kothari, President, Pithampur Audhyogik Sangathan said, “Cargo movement from local industries will increase due to the Indore-Tihi rail line. Now, industries will be able to send goods directly from Pithampur to ports at comparatively lesser cost and duration.”

At present, industrialists of the region transport goods by road till Ratlam from where it is loaded on containers for Mumbai by rail route. The loading at Ratlam is done only twice in a week increasing the travelling time.

Industrialists said that the cost of transportation will reduce by 20 to 30 per cent as goods will be sent directly from Indore to desired ports avoiding multiple routes and loading charges.

Non-availability of racks at Ratlam leads to further transportation delay causing production loss.

Around 1.45 lakh containers are moved from the Indore region to various ports of the country in a year mostly by the railway route covering over 800 kms distance. Most of the consignments from Indore go through JNPT and Kandla port, industrialists said.

According to Pithampur Audhyogik Sangathan about one-third of the container traffic is handled by the Container Corporation of India (CONCOR) and the rest by private container operators.

Kothari said, “Along with cost benefit, damage of goods will also reduce in sending goods through multiple routes.”

Industrialists said that about 5 per cent of the goods get damaged due to multiple loading and unloading of goods at the source point and Ratlam.