Nagpur (NGP): The new General Manager of South East Central Railway (SECR) Satyendra Kumar said on Wednesday that the stalled 6.5km double line project between Nagpur and Kalamna will be started after August.
The Rs 21 crore project was sanctioned in 2007-08 railway budget but has been stalled due to encroachments. The railways is not getting positive response from the city police to remove encroachments in Dobi Nagar slums. By now, the cost of the project has escalated by 30%.
Kumar, who took over on July 7, told newspersons that the railways have talked to the highest authority in the state and plans are afoot to rehabilitate 187 slums, which are proving to be a hurdle in completion of the double line.
If the project is completed, train movement can be taken up on both, up and down lines. At the moment, one line passes through Itwari and other through Pachpaoli, causing tremendous congestion. The project will also streamline operation of home platform at the east side of Nagpur Railway Station, which remains underutilized.
On the conversion of narrow gauge Nagpur-Chhindwara railway line to broad gauge, Kumar replied that mega blocks will be taken in the next two years to convert all the narrow gauge lines to broad gauge in Nagpur division. The Nagpur-Chhindwara line was targeted to be completed in 2011, but looking at the pace of work it may take another three-four years to be completed.
This was Kumar’s maiden visit and he was not prepared to answer queries on several issues.
Kumar said more focus will be laid on passenger amenities and freight earnings. When asked about the proposal to run a local train between Kanhan and Butibori for workers employed at Butibori MIDC, the general manager said the demand should come from the people and railways would send a proposal accordingly.