THE CLOSURE of Ratlam-Neemuch section of the Western Railway for gauge conversion work has hit five metre gauge trains that used to run via Indore.
The trains will now run on truncated routes, and people travelling to Chittorgarh and Ajmer from Indore will now have to go by road from Ratlam. The gauge conversion work that commenced from today will take at least four months to complete, say official sources.
Ratlam and Neemuch are located on the Ajmer-Khandwa metre gauge line on Western Railway. As a result, trains coming from Khandwa and going to Chittorgarh and Ajmer will be stopped at Ratlam and trains coming from Jaipur will be stopped before Neemuch.
Diversion of these trains is expected to increase the rush in Indore-Jaipur Express, which is a broad gauge train and runs twice a week. Ajmer is a three-hour run from Jaipur. Looking at the situation, State transport department has made arrangements to ply more buses from Ratlam to Chittorgarh.
The railways are also running a bi-weekly super fast train form Indore to Jaipur from October 4 to January 17. This winter special train will run every Wednesday and Friday.
The trains that have been affected are Jaipur-Purna Exp, Ajmer-Khandwa Exp, Chittorgarh-Mhow Fast Pass, Ajmer-Purna FP and Chittorgarh-Khandwa FP.