Three stalled infra projects holding up Railways development in the region: DRM/Nagpur

Nagpur: Central Railway Nagpur Divisional Railway Manager Mr.OP Singh on Wednesday admitted three key infrastructure projects – doubling of Kalamna-Godhni chord line, Nagpur-Wardha third line and doubling of Kalamna-Nagpur line – hold the key to development of railways in the region.

Talking to newsmen, Singh said Kalamna-Godhni chord line doubling would ease congestion caused by freight trains at Nagpur as these trains will bypass Nagpur while moving between to and from north and east directions.

“Doubling of Kalamna-Nagpur railway line will help full utilization of home platform on the east of the station as we will be able to accommodate trains that normally have to wait at the outer owing to congestion at Nagpur,” Singh said.

It will also boost home platform capacity. At present, at least 4-5 goods train are affected due to Duronto that is operated from there. It has earlier been reported that work on doubling has been stalled on a 400-metre patch that has encroachments. Due to lack of police support, encroachments could not be removed. Singh denied there was any political pressure but did not have answer on why they could not be removed for all these years and how they will be removed.

DRM informed that though the government had invited FDI for Rs.250 crore Nagpur-Wardha third line project, as of now, there was no official communication. “We will go ahead with the third line project as Rs10 crore have been sanctioned for it. With 92 mail/express and 200 freight trains passing through Nagpur, the track is already being used at 140% of capacity,” Singh added.

Singh revealed that following inconvenience to passengers, a Rs.2.72 crore have been approved to revamp home platform. “In February, work to extend shaded area by 200 metres will be taken up. At present, it is only 100 metres. It will cost Rs.1.40 crore,” Singh said.

As there is no washable apron at present, cleaning the tracks is a problem. The plan includes installing washable aprons at the cost of Rs.1.32 crore. There is no facility for watering the coaches at home platform too. Until these works are complete, Duronto Express will leave from Platform 6. The DRM said a RPF security post has been proposed at the eastern side of the station.

About reopening of Mankapur railway crossing, Singh said a proposal had been sent to the Mumbai headquarters. “However, this will be temporary as NHAI has submitted drawings and design for a new subway near the spot for residents’ convenience. Still heavy vehicles will not be allowed to enter. The subway will be completed in eight months. Until then, railways will man the gate,” Singh revealed.

Singh informed non-availability of rakes was responsible for three trains to Amritsar, Pune and Rewa from Nagpur announced in last railway budget not starting yet. “They will rollout before the next budget,” he added.

Nagpur station completes 90 years

The historic Nagpur railway station will complete 90 years on January 15. The station building was commissioned on January 15, 1925, by then governor Sir Frank. Around 300 mail/express and freight trains halt at Nagpur, making it one of the busiest junctions in the country. Railways came to Nagpur in 1867. In 1881, Nagpur was linked with Kolkata. The original station was located towards the east of its current site.