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Indore: Tardy pace of work delays railway projects by 4 years


Indore: The pace of working of railway’s construction department can be exampled in the best way by looking at its three major projects concerned with the city. The projects have crossed the target duration of their completion four years back, but on ground, all the three projects could achieve progress merely 0 to 20 per cent so far.

The most unfortunate part is that despite on shortage of funds, officials are not showing will to expedite the work in execution of the projects and making way to escalation of the cost of them.

Railway, a government of India undertaking is the single operator in the country to run trains services, which receives pre-payments from passengers and customers, who book their cargo-parcel with railway. But, the reluctance of high ranking officials of the railways is keeping the city and passengers in dark from getting the expanded facilities. These officials are also giving a great dent to the railway by delaying the projects as cost continues to shoot up.

Official sources of the railway informed that about eight crucial projects are underway to further development of railway facilities in the city. Out of that, three projects including Indore-Dahod, Dhar-Chhota Udaipur new rail line and Mhow-Khandwa gauge conversion projects, which were rolled out in 2008 by then Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, had to be completed by December 2013.

However, the actual progress achieved in these projects is quite shameful. Even four years after crossing the deadline of completion, there is 0% progress on ground in case of 132-km long GC project of Mhow-Khandwa. Only 10% progress could be achieved in the 205-km long Indore-Dahod new rail line project.

Similarly, in 155-km long Dhar-Chhota Udaipur new rail line project, just about 20 per cent work could be completed till date near Alirajpur. The most unfortunate part is that railway is yet to ask the concerned district administration for even land acquisition.


Indore-Dahod new line project

Dhar-Chhota Udaipur new line project

Mhow-Khandwa GC work

Ujjain-Fatehabad GC work

Doubling of Indore-Dewas-Ujjain section

Electrification of Laxmibai Nagar-Ratlam section

Pit line construction in at Mhow railway station

Installation of lifts and escalator at the city railway station

LS speaker unhappy

Lokking at the tardy pace of progress of these projects, Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan has drawn the attention of railway minister Piyush Goyal. In a letter written to Goyal, the speaker expressed her deep anguish on the way of working of Railways officials. She also highlighted that due to unnecessary delay the project cost is also getting escalated, which is ultimately going to give loss to Railways.