Indore: The gauge conversion (GC) work on Mhow-Sanawad section, which is pending since a decade, would start in three months. In the absence of land, the GC work would first start from its own land. In another decision, the railways has decided to run two festive special trains for New Delhi and Mumbai and a proposal in this regard was sent to the Railway Board.
AK Gupta, General Manager of Western Railway, said this during a meeting with the MPs on Friday. Representative of Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Nagesh Namjoshi, who is also a member of Passenger Amenities Committee of the Railway Board, attended the meeting.
During the meeting, Namjoshi made the demands of Mahajan before the GM, who said that the WR has already sent the proposal to the Railway Board seeking approval for running two festive specials for New Delhi via Fatehabad and Ratlam and Mumbai. Proposal for extension of coaches of 7 DMU trains presently running between Mhow-Ralam-Mhow from 8 coaches to 12 coaches was also sent to the Railway Board.
Proposal for seeking approval for extension of Chhitorgarh-Ratlam and Bhilwara-Ratlam trains up to Mhow is also being sent to the Railway Board. Gupta expressed hope that construction work of 24 coach-long platform and pit line would be completed at Mhow railway station in a month’s time. Gupta also said that soon pantry cars would be added in three long distance trains– Indore-Howrah, Indore-Guwahati and Indore-Kochuveli.
The annual meeting was attended by Union Cabinet Minister Thawarchand Gehlot and MPs Nandkumar Singh Chouhan, Dr Chintaman Malviya, Manohar Utwal, CP Joshi, Alok Sanjar, Savitri Thakur and 2 representatives of the MPs.
GM reprimands top officials
Earlier, Gupta held a meeting with officials and reprimanded them for slow pace of work. The GM also said that he would not accept any oral commitment regarding completion of ongoing projects.
Meeting issue raised before GM
Lavish spending of public money in hosting the MPs meet at Amber Convention Centre irked the GM also. Recently, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal and new Chairman of Railway Board Ashwini Lohani have advised the officials not to hold big meetings and avoid big hotels. When media asked Gupta about holding such a big meeting at Amber, he replied that suitable steps would be taken from next time.