Chandigarh:The trial run of the semi high speed corridor rail link between Chandigarh and Dappar will be held in March, now. The project has been delayed by over 60 days as the work on double-lanning of the Ghaggar bridge is likely to be completed in February.
Earlier, the deadline for the completion of the work was December 15 but due to late running of the laying of the rails on recently constructed railway bridge on Gaggar river further delayed the trial run.
Railways had conducted the successful trial run of the double-lanning of the tracks between Dappar and Ambala section in October last year. During the trial run, the train clocked the average of 130 kmph speed on the section.
Ambala Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Dinesh Kumar said, “The work has been delayed by around 60 days and will be now completed by February. The trial run has been planned to be held in March as it has to be intimated 15 days prior to the Chief Commissioner Railway Safety (CCRS). So as it is targeted to complete the tracks laying work by the mid of February, the trial run can only be conducted sometime in the first week of March.”
In October last year, Chief Commissioner Railway Safety (CCRS) R K Kardam conducted the trial run of semi high speed train on the Dappar-Ambala section. CCRS inspected the parameters of a train to run at 130 KMPH on recently laid double-laning on the section.
The sources in the railways said that the report of the inspection has been submitted to the Ministry of Railway enabling the trains like Shatabdi Express to run at a speed of 130 km per hour on the section.The Swarn Shatabdi Express connecting Amritsar-Delhi is already clocking 130 KMPH on Ambala-Delhi section. With commissioning of the Dappar-Chandigarh section, the Shatabdi Expresses may run at 130 KMPH.
Last year, Chief Commissioner Railway Safety R K Kardam had successfully conducted the test run of the train on the Dappar-Ambala double-laning tracks. He had inspected full section from Ambala to Dappar by push trolley. The inspection has been conducted in a specially designed coach pulled by electric locomotive. Speed run up to 130 KMPH along with passenger comfort ability as well as safety standards have also been checked. The Chandigarh-Dappar double-lanning will be completed by October and is likely to be commissioned by December.
The 22-km distance between Dappar and Ambala cantonment railway station of double-laning has been recently completed whereas 23-km distance between Chandigarh and Dappar is under progress. DRM said that 9.5 kms of the double-lanning from Dappar to Ghaggar railway station and trans-Ghaggar bridge has already been completed. Only the linkage is to be made at washing bay during approach at Chandigarh railway station near Mauli Jagran, said DRM.