Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Union minister of state for railways Manoj Sinha will flag off new trains from Indore on Tuesday.
In the afternoon, they will flag off Indore-Mhow train on the newly constructed broad gauge track from Mhow station. In the evening, Indore-Kochuveli weekly train and Indore-Pune bi-weekly will be flagged off from Indore, as per the schedule declared by the Western Railways.
The meter gauge train service between Indore and Mhow stations was halted in February 2015. The broad gauge track project was to be completed in August last year but it missed many deadlines due to technical reasons. Thousands of people, who commute between Mhow and Indore daily, find travelling by train cheaper and comfortable option than by bus.
The Western Railways is using Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) rakes -- based on German technology and equipped with a variety of inbuilt features that provide extra space, smooth ride and safety -- in the Indore-Kochuveli express.
The train will depart from Indore station at 9.05pm every Tuesday and reach Kochuveli at 7.10pm on Thursday. On its return journey, the train will depart from Kochuveli on Friday at 11am and reach Indore on Sunday at 5.15am.
A total of four trains will run between Ratlam and Mhow via Indore. In March, the commissioner of railway safety conducted the trial with train running at a speed of 120 kilometres per hour. Earlier, the western railways cited lack of rakes for delay in launch of operations. The extra rakes were needed for running special trains during Simhastha fair in Ujjain that ended on May 22.
Indore-Manmad rail line survey
The railways will carry out a detailed survey of proposed Indore-Manmad rail line by year-end, said Central Railways (Mumbai) chief administrative official Manjula Shrivastava.
The 339-km railway line has been sanctioned in the budget and 192-km track will fall in Maharashtra while 147-km track will be in Madhya Pradesh.