CR to open Sindi to Butibori route in next financial year

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 May 2018 11:02:18


Staff Reporter,

In what could provide a major respite to train operations on the over saturated Sewagram-Nagpur route, Central Railway has targeted opening the section from Sindi to Butibori during the next financial year. The 75 km section is being expanded with construction of third and fourth lines s
imultaneously and its targeted date for commissioning however is year 2022. The opening of this 26 km section would go long way in speeding-up trains movement, both goods and that of Mail/Express, and avoid mid way detention due to lack of path.

Disclosing this during the news conference on Friday, Somesh Kumar, Divisional Railway Manager, Central Railway, Nagpur Division, said, “Some land acquisition problems have forced Railways to go slow on the laying of new rail lines in the section. The ongoing work of third and fourth line in the section is quite unique and beset with challenges.” From point of view of alignment progress of both lines has to be parallel which is why progress is slow, said officials working on the project.

Somesh Kumar was interacting for the first time with mediapersons on Friday. He had assumed charge as DRM, Central Railway, Nagpur Division, about a fortnight back. Post meetings with Branch Officers and getting an outline of the ongoing schemes in division, DRM briefed news persons, saying railway's top priority is safety. At division we will also ensure that punctuality of trains is maintained so that travellers do not face any inconvenience.

As to Sewagram-Nagpur route DRM said major work regarding constructions of bridges, major and minor one are going on and many of them are ready. Some issues regarding land acquisition would be sorted out soon and once both lines are commissioned along with electrification Nagpur Division can rollout new trains for catering to demands of travellers here.The work on third line in ghat section of Nagpur Division is also going and it will provide relief in handling increased traffic of trains. About redevlopment of Nagpur Railway Station, DRM said the work is being handled by Indian Railways Station Development Authority (IRSRDA) and our role is limited to providing our inputs based on local experience.

Recently IRSRDA conducted a design competition inviting entries for proposed redevelopment plan and same are being scrutinised. The agency officials are also co-ordinating with local authorities and in next few years the actual details would emerge. At this stage nothing is fianlised and whenever redevelopment plan gets finalised it would take into account future needs of Nagpur. That time the land adjoining station, that of Defence, MSRTC, NMC and that of school would have to be included to have seamless connectivity.

Mentioning the recent recognition of Ballarshah and Chandrapur railway stations as most beautiful, DRM said we are exploring avenues to upgrade other stations on the division on similar lines. About the delay in similar plans at Nagpur Railway Station, Sharma said the delay is on part of Forest Department which is facing shortage of funds. This year however the plan to beautify Nagpur Station is going to take off.DRM also promised to look into fading of beautification of Santra Market side of Nagpur Railway Station and take steps to restore its beauty. The work on Intergrated Security System (ISS) at station would also be rolled out within this year. The office also said they are firming up plans to upgrade passenger amenities and keeping constant tabs on occupancy and recently attached four extra coaches to Garib Rath.

Real time monitoring is done of ticket sale and on that basis new trains, special trains and extra coaches are decided. Primarily we are loading division and this year the target provided by Zone is quite high but he was confident of achieving the same saying the team at Nagpur Division is very hard working.He said that while Nagpur Division has now emerged as a major loading zone, the next two years we will see to expand the business and improve earnings further. Parvesh Sahu, Sr. Divisional Mechanical Engineer (Sr. DME); Atul Rane, Sr. Divisional Operations Manager (Sr. DoM); Sumit Badarkhe, Divisional Operations Manager (DoM), S G Rao, Assistant Commercial Manager, were also present during the conference.


Ajni-Karmali Goa Express a hit among travellers

K K Mishra, Senior Divisional Commercial Manager, said, “Division has recommended increasing the frequency of Ajni-Karmali Goa Express as current response from travellers is fantastic. The weekly service sees nearly 85 per cent booking, a phenomenal response for a new train. There is huge demand from travellers for Goa train and we have asked Zonal Headquarters to extend the train further ahead.”

Goa as a tourist destination is quite popular and there was long standing demand for a direct service ex-Nagpur. Earlier, travellers from region needed to reach Mumbai and then catch train to Goa or from Kalyan. After much pressure from passenger associations, Railway Board sanctioned two services, one ex-Nagpur and other ex-Bilaspur. Ticket sales of both the trains have enthused the Railways and it needed to be seen whether Board agrees with demand for extending with these special trains. The Ajni-Karmali special train is running till month of June.