Indore : After 15 long months, the train movement on Indore-Ratlam Broad Gauge (BG) route will start from month-end. The Commissioner Railway Safety (CRS) has given the nod for rail traffic on the 37-km-long newly-laid BG Laxmibai Nagar-Fatehabad section.
The long wait of thousands of passengers would come to an end by this month-end. CRS Padam Singh Baghel conducted trial run on Fatehabad-Laxmibai Nagar section, a small part of Indore-Ratlam section, on Thursday morning and granted permission for train movement subject to certain conditions. After completing his two-day inspection and trial run on the section, Baghel told media persons on Thursday that the gauge conversion work was satisfactory. Some work related to signal, paneling and station up-gradation are yet to complete and he instructed the officers to complete the same soon. He also expressed hope that the remaining work would be completed in 6 days and after that the train movement would commence. The CRS said that he had carried out trial run with a speed of 120km per hour as per the norms of the Indian Railways and he would grant permission of train movement on the track with a speed of 90 to 100 km per hour. The CRS also conducted trolley inspection of the section on Wednesday. During the trial run, DRM Lalitha Venkataraman, CEOC Anirudha Jain Sr Divisional Operation Manager (DOM) Sohani Mishra and Deputy Chief Engineer (DCE) Mukesh Patel were present. Later, Sr PRO of Ratlam Division Jitendra Kumar Jayant said that the 37-km-long Fatehabad-Laxmibai Nagar BG work was completed with a cost of Rs 180 cr. He said that the date for train movement on this track would be decided soon.