Indore : There is good news for exporters of the Malwa region as the trial run of engine from Indore-Tehi-Indore was tested successfully, on Wednesday. However, the track is expected to open for rail traffic by the end of this year because signal and electric work are not yet over.
The railway administration conducted the trial run on this 22-km-long stretch (Indore-Tehi-Indore) on Wednesday. It may be recalled that Tehi is located in Pithampur near the SEZ area, where three Inland Container Depots (ICDs) are present. The engine was flagged off from the platform No.1 at 10.50 am and after performing puja at Juni Indore under pass, it moved further at 11.20am. The engine reached Tehi at 2pm. After staying there for just 5 minute, it returned to the city railway station at 4pm.
Ratlam Division PRO Jitendra Kumar Jayant said that it was a test run for the rails and they speed of the engine was kept at 20-30 kmph. This run was conducted to test the rails.
Jayant further said that signal and electric work would take three months time. He expressed hope that by the end of this year, the track would be ready for commercial run of trains.
The track would be beneficial for exporters as it would reduce dispatching time of containers from Pithampur and Malwa region to Jawahar Lal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), Mumbai.
At present, the exporters have to send their containers from Pithampur and other nearby areas to Ratlam by road and from there to JNPT by goods trains.
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