Jabalpur-Indore rail line in the offing: CRB Lohani

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Jun 2018 13:29:19


Staff Reporter,

“THERE is no proposal of disinvestments in core areas of Railways. Although some passenger facilities are being developed with private partnership. On the issue of cost sharing with the State Government, the project is under consideration. There are various projects in progress. Survey of Jabalpur-Indore new rail line has been completed and this new line will be developed in cost sharing with the State Government and its proposal is under consideration,” informed Chairman Railway Board (CRB) Ashvini Lohani while addressing a press conference during his visit to the city on Friday. He was in city to conduct annual CRB inspection of Jabalpur division. He said that priority of Railway Board is safety, security of passengers, development of infrastructure like old line replacement, new line or double or triple line development, electrification and plying of new trains have been done with great pace.

Works done in 2017 towards safety of passengers was never done before. In all these years, infrastructure was added with over 4500 km new lines and similar area of line re-changed. Simultaneously electrification projects are in progress. Commenting on inspection, which he started from Katni on Friday morning, CRB Lohani apprised that electrification of Katni-Jabalpur will be completed by July 31 while electrification of Katni-Manikpur section will be completed in coming 8 months. He declared that Jabalpur Station will be developed as Model Station. CRB Lohani added that in view of safety and security in 2017 and 2018 various works have been initiated.

In 2016, the major concern was rail accidents and to control them. Basic needs like infrastructure is a must. In past years not much emphasis was given on infrastructure that is responsible for punctuality of trains, safety, etc. Due to overburdened infrastructure no new trains are being run. On proposed Jabalpur-Dehradun and Jabalpur-Pune train, Lohani assured to work on proposal. Replying to a query on food quality in trains for passengers, Lohani said development of 60 kitchens, centrally monitored may come up soon and would serve quality food in running trains for passengers. However, IRCTC is responsible now to look after catering related works. On issue of European Pattern Train Security and Operation System, Lohani said that the project is under consideration and the Board is looking forward to initiate this as pilot project.

He also answered a few queries related to new railway lines proposed in Jabalpur division and assured that at Board level issues are being considered and due to some constrains desired pace of development could not be attained. He was accompanied by WCR General Manager Girish Pillai, Chief Public Relation Officer Gunjan Gupta, DRM Dr Manoj Singh and other eminent officials.