Third track between Mokama and Mugalsarai to be laid: MoS (Railways)

Patna: Union Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha today said third pair of tracks between Mokama and Mughalsarai would be laid to ease the load of a large number of trains plying on the route. Mr Sinha, after inaugurating a retiring room at Patna Junction here, said the government was aware of the fact about heavy load of trains plying on the route. Two lanes of track were not enough to meet the requirement of heavy traffic on the rout, he noted. “Work on laying of third pair of tracks between Mokama and Mughalsarai would begin soon which could help in easing the traffic load on the route,” Mr Sinha said, adding that new trains would be introduced only after improving the infrastructural facilities. Mr Sinha said Digha rail bridge over Ganga river, would be completed by end of this months. Expressing his regret over delay in inauguration of Patliputra station in Patna, he said there was some problem of approaching road to the new station and it was for the state government to settle it.As state government settled the same, railways would make the Patliputra station functional, he added. The minister brushed aside the demands of local MPs and MLAs for setting up new halts in different parts of Patna and its surrounding districts for stoppage of trains saying it was not possible as average speed of trains including Rajdhani Express was comparatively below than that of other states. Setting up more halts would naturally result in reducing of speed of trains, he noted.