Chandigarh: The most-awaited project of double-laning of the Chandigarh-Ambala section gets dragged on as the trial run of the semi-high speed corridor between Chandigarh and Dappar is once again put off. This is the fourth time that the trial run has been postponed.
Earlier, the project was scheduled to be completed by November 2016 and the trail run was to be conducted in December 2016. Then postponed to January 30 and then to March 15.
Now once again the trial run has been put off till April-end, said Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Dinesh Kumar.
He said, “The work is going on at full swing but as the Electricity Department of the Railways has asked for some more time to complete the electrification of the track, so we have delayed the trial run of the Chandigarh-Dappar section by another 30 days. Now we may conduct the trial run by April-end.”
He said the Railways successfully conducted the trial run on the Dappar-Ambala section in October last year. During the trial run the Chief Commissioner Railway Safety (CCRS) clocked an average 130 kmph speed on the section.
Ambala Division DRM Dinesh Kumar said, “The trial run has been planned to be held in April-end or first week of May 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 and electrification by the mid of April, the trail run can only be conducted sometime in the April end or first week of May.”
In October last year, CCRS R K Kardam conducted the trial run of semi-high speed train on the Dappar-Ambala section. The CCRS inspected the parameters of a trian run at 130 kmph on the recently laid double-lanned section.
Sources in the Railway said the report of the inspection had been submitted to the Ministry of Railway enabling the trains like Shatabdi Express to run at a speed of 130 kmph on the section.
The 22-kilometre distance between Dappar and Ambala Cantonment Railway Station of double laning was recently completed, whereas the double-laning of 23-kilometre distance between Chandigarh and Dappar was in progress. The DRM said that 9.5 kilometre of the double lanning from Dappar to Ghaggar Railway Station and trans-Ghaggar bridge had already been completed.