The railway ministry has decided to modernise the Patiala-Bathinda rail track so that the speed of trains could be increased from 130 km/hour to 160 km/ hour. For this, the ministry has started the uprgadation, electrification and strengthening of the rail line as per the new requirements and specifications.
Besides, the ministry has also included the Patiala station in the list of 400 railway stations that will be modernised. “The railway authorities have informed that the moderinsation of railway station will be carried out with a cost of `4 crore,” informed Dr Dharmvira Gandhi, MP, Patiala, who held a meeting with the railway officials, recently. Dr Gandhi said he had also received a letter from the misnistry concerned in this respect.
“The electrification work on the Rajpura- Bathinda rail line resumed on Wednesday. The work had come to a halt because of some technical glitches. All the three major railway projects sanctioned during 2016-2017 have been started as per the Northern Railway officials. Doubling and electrification of Patiala Rajpura -Bathinda Rail line and construction of `406-crore Rajpura-Mohali-Chandigarh rail line are likely to be completed by December 2019,” informed Dr Gandhi.
In another development, the speed of the train would be increased from 130 km/hr to 160 km/hr and the rail lines are being strengthened as per the new requirement and specifications. To achieve this speed, the Northern Railway officials have also decided to make this route totally free from rail crossing. “All the railway crossings on this route will be replaced by either under bridges or over bridges,” informed Dr Gandhi.
Moreover, with the construction of the Rajpura-Mohali rail line, not only people from 10 districts of Punjab and three districts of Haryana will get connected to their capital city, the tricity of Mohali, Chandigarh and Panchkula and Himachal Pradesh will also get connected to Rajasthan, thus boosting trade and tourism in the region.
“It is hoped that with the completion of all these three projects by 2019, as promised by the railways, the entire region will see a big surge in the overall economic development of all the three states and the union territory,” said Dr Gandhi, who thanked railway minister Suresh Prabhu and deputy railway minister Manoj Sinha for sanctioning these long-pending projects for this region.