Simhastha preparations in full swing, says DRM

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: Aug 01, 2015 21:06 IST

Western Railways divisional railway manager (DRM-Ratlam) Manoj Sharma said the requirement for extra trains during Simhastha 2016 in Ujjain has been forwarded to the headquarters for approval.

Sharma informed media person at the Indore railway station on Saturday after visiting Ujjain to review ongoing works at the Vikram Nagar railway station.

"The Simhastha preparations have been divided into two parts. One is to create the facilities such as platform shelter, foot-over-bridge and ticket-booking counters. These works take time and are at an advanced stage. The second is the extra trains that have to be run and the regulation of traffic," he said.

While the exact figure is yet to be finalized, the railways plans to increase frequency of trains by 60-100 per day during Simhastha.

The DRM said new broad-gauge line from Indore to Laxmibai Nagar would be operational by October. The broad gauge conversion work is part of the Indore-Mhow project, which is expected to become operational by February next year.

Talking about the poor quality of works at Laxmibai Nagar station, he said the construction work at present was not being done by the Ratlam divison of Western Railways but the officials will ensure that work is completed satisfactorily before the newly-built structures are handed over.

He also informed that a structure needed to be relocated before the work on a foot-over-bridge at the upcoming station at Pathar Godam, Indore, could progress.

Regarding the progress of work on the Mhow-Khandwa line, he said the forest department has given permission for survey of Sanawad-Khandwa section while permission was currently awaited for the Mhow-Sanawad section.

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