INDORE: With the work on Ratlam-Fatehabad broad gauge section nearing completion, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Ratlam, Mr.Lokesh Narayan carried out an inspection of the route yesterday.
A special train left Ratlam at around 8.30am with the DRM and other department heads on board.
While the tracks have been laid, the yard, loop line and other connectivity are incomplete. Apart from technical aspects, passenger facilities were also monitored and the train was halted at several places.
However, it will take few more weeks for the trains to start plying between the two stations. Once the work is completed, the authority will write to Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) for permission.
The Ratlam-Fatehabad section has been closed since January 1 under first phase of gauge conversion between Indore and Ratlam. A trial run between Ratlam and Pritam Nagar railway stations was conducted on March 22.
Moreover, before any trains could be run on this track, other works such as interlocking, yard remoulding and increasing the height of the platform have to be completed first. Once the section is over, gauge conversion work will begin on Fatehabad-Indore section and the project is scheduled to be completed in 2013-14.
Funds have been sanctioned for Fatehabad-Mhow gauge conversion in the recently announced Union Railway Budget.