Agra: The much awaited 140 Km Agra-Bateshwar-Etawah railway route, which was one of the dream projects of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, is likely to start operating from July 1.
The route comprise of 11 stations and has a single broad-gauge track.
enior official of Agra DRM office said, “The construction of the Agra-Bateshwar route which includes, laying down of railway tracks, electric and single poles, platforms, loop tracks and other things required for operating full-fledged train services, has been completed. We are now conducting trials on the track. Till now at least four good trains have been used for the trial on newly-made route.”
He added, “We expect to make the track operational by July 1, after getting all the NOCs from different departments, especially the railway safety office.”
This will also function as an alternative route in case of any mishap on the Tundla-Kanpur route to ferry passengers as well as goods towards the eastern part of the country.
The foundation stone of the new route was laid down in the year 1998-99. After coming into power, the BJP-led government funded the project, which helped in speeding up the pending work for the Vajpayee’s dream project.
Bateshwar is the native village of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.