Chandigarh: Come December, the Chandigarh-Delhi Shatabdi travel time will be reduced by another 30 minutes as the Northern Railways is all set to give the gift of semi high-speed travelling experience by Shatabdi Express with completion of the double laning project on Chandigarh-Dappar section. This was stated by Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Dinesh Kumar while interacting with the media on Wednesday. Dinesh Kumar said that the work on the double laning of the corridor is advance according to the schedule and the parallel bridge at Ghaggar River is likely to be completed by October-November.
The DRM said, “The entire project is going on as per schedule and we will achieve the target of completing the semi high-speed corridor between Chandigarh and Dappar by December.” In October last year, the Chief Commissioner Railway Safety (CCRS) R K Kardam conducted the trail run of semi high-speed train on Dappar-Ambala section. CCRS inspected the parameters of a train to run at 130 kmph on recently-laid double laning on the section. Sources in railways said that the report of the inspection has been submitted to the Union Ministry of Railways enabling the trains like Shatabdi Express to run at a speed of 130 kilometers per hour on the section. Kumar added, “The Swarn Shatabdi connecting Amritsar-Delhi is already clocking 130 kmph on Ambala-Delhi section.
With commissioning of the Dappar-Chanidgarh section, the Shatabdi Expresses may also run at 130 kmph. Last year, Chief Commissioner Railway Safety R K Kardam had successfully conducted the test run of the train on 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 upto 130 kmph along with passenger comfort ability as well as safety standards have also been checked.
The Chandigarh-Dappar double laning will be completed by October and is likely to be commissioned by December.” The 22 kilometers distance between Dappar and Ambala cantonment railway station of double laning has been recently completed whereas 23 kilometers distance between Chandigarh and Dappar is under progress. DRM said that 9.5 kilometre of the double laning from Dappar to Ghaggar has already been completed whereas the work on cross Ghaggar laning is in full swing. DRM Dinesh Kumar during a press confrence at Chandigarh Railway Station on Wednesday.
The under-construction platform number 6 at Chandigarh railway station will be solar powered with the provision of washing apron. The provision of the solar power generation was pointed out by the Passenger Amenities Committee (PAC) which inspected the railway station recently. The committee suggested that railways must make good use of the renewable energy resources like solar power generation at platforms to generate power of their own. DRM Dinesh Kumar said that the proposal to install the solar power generation unit at the platform number 6 on Panchkula side is already approved and the installation of the washing apron is also included in the project.
“The platform will be made functional by December this year,” said the DRM. Railways introduce concierge facility for passengers Barinder Saluja Chandigarh: Soon, get facility to book a cab while reserving the ticket to travel in Shatabdi Express. The cab to drop the passenger will be made available at the desired railway station for the passenger travelling in Shatabdi Express. This was stated by Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Dinesh Kumar during press conference at Chandigarh Railway Station on Wednesday. Kumar said that the railways have introduced the concierge facility for the passengers traveling in Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi Expresses.
He said, “With this facility a passenger can opt for booking of a cab while reserving the ticket for Shatabdi Express. At present this facility will be made available for online ticket bookings. Within this month the facility will be provided for the passengers.” DRM also said that the normal per kilometre rate by the local cab operators will be charged from the passenger as the destination will be fed by the passenger while booking the cab during the ticket reservation. “The amount will be deducted there along with the ticket and the cab operator will be ensured that he makes himself available during the arrival of the Shatabdi Express at the desired station,” said DRM. This facility resembles the pre-paid taxi booths set up outside the railway station for facilitation of the passengers. However with the passage of time, the concept failed as railway police seized to manage the booths.
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