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Monday, 2 November 2020

First elevated rail track to be operational from Dec 5

Ravinder Saini

Tribune News Service

Rohtak, November 1

Having missed several deadlines in the past year, the Railways have now fixed December 5 as the final deadline to complete the entire work of the nation's first elevated railway track in Rohtak city.

Sources said the electrification work was underway and it was likely to be completed by November 20. Thereafter, the final trial of the electric train on the 4.8-km track would be conducted, while the track would be ready for operation by December 5.

Local residents have eagerly been waiting for completion of the work since the first trial run of goods train with diesel engine on the track was successfully conducted on August 19 in order to examine safety of the structure. The authorities found the safety parameter and movement of the train on the track good.

The foundation stone of this Rs 350 crore project was laid by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and was formally launched in March 2018 and a deadline of 18 months was fixed to complete it.

The project missed the first deadline in November 2019 due to encroachment on one side of the track. The work could not be completed before the second deadline also on April 30 and third on June 30. The deadline was further extended twice.

"We wanted the work to be completed by November 1 but it did not happen due to some unavoidable reasons. A meeting of officials of civil and electric wings of the railways along with nodal agency of the project was convened some days ago wherein the officers assured me of completing the entire work by December 5," said Deputy Commissioner Manoj Kumar.

Pradeep Ranjan, technical adviser of the project, said the work pertaining to the structure had been completed and pillars of the track were being coloured. The electrification work was in progress.

"The safety parameters will be examined again after the completion of electrification to give clearance for starting the operation over the track. The track will do away with five-level crossings in the city, reducing traffic jams," he said.

from The Tribune

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