Aug 16, 2016

Kalaburagi-Bidar line to be commissioned in February 2017



Kalaburagi: The long-pending Kalaburagi-Bidar new rail line will be commissioned in February 2017 after the completion of the ongoing works on laying rail lines and construction of railway stations between Kalaburagi and Humnabad, Ajai Kumar Dubey, Divisional Railway Manager, Central Railway, has said.

Speaking at the flagging of ceremony of the Gulbarga-Hyderabad Inter-city Express on Monday, he outlined the works taken up by the Railways in the Kalaburagi region.

He said that the fourth platform at the Gulbarga Railway Station, constructed at a cost of Rs. 4.5 crore, would be commissioned in September and the second foot overbridge along with a lift in the fourth platform, set up at a cost of Rs. 2.6 crore, would be commissioned by March 2017.

The road overbridge at Mother Teresa School on the New Jewargi Road, taken up at a cost of Rs. 20 crore, was expected to be completed by June 2017.

The road overbridge on Kalaburagi-Afzalpur Road, taken up at a cost of Rs. 5.5 crore, would be completed by December. The installation of closed-circuit television cameras at the Gulbarga Railway Station under the Nirbhaya fund would also be completed in the same month. Mr. Dubey said that the rail underbridge at Tarfile near the Gulbarga Railway Station, taken up at a cost of Rs. 3.9 crore, would be completed by September and the second entry to the Gulbarga Railway Station would be completed on August 31.

The Railways also proposes to take up the work on a road overbridge to replace the level crossing at Hirapur and Balram Chowk in Chittapur at an estimated cost of Rs. 56 crore. The Gangapur Road Railway Station would be developed and a foot overbridge would be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. 5.5 crore.
Pitline and Fourth platform at Gulbarga Railway Station will be commissioned in September

Mr. Dubey said that the Railways had completed the work on constructing a pit-line for carriage maintenance of 26 coaches in Gulbarga Railway Station at a cost of Rs. 6.21 crore and provided cover over platform in the first platform at the Gulbaga Railway Station at a cost of Rs. 54.64 lakh. The Railways had started using bio-diesel at Wadi Railway Consumer Depots.
Gulbarga-Hyderabad Inter-city Express resumes service

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu flagged off the Gulbarga-Hyderabad Inter-city Express through a video link from the Secunderabad Railway Station on Monday. He was joined by Medical Education Minister Sharanprakash Patil at the Gulbarga Railway Station.

The same train was inaugurated without any official function in February. But the service was discontinued after a month owing to lack of response from passengers. Major reasons for this were the unsuitable departure timing of the train from the Gulbarga and Hyderabad railway stations and the decision by the Railways not to provide halts at Chittapur, Malkhed and Sedam stations.

No official reason was given for the flagging of the train for the second time. The schedule of the train and halts remain the same. Senior officials did not give any reason for not changing them.

Dr. Patil said that the timing should be changed to suit the requirement of passengers and the Railways should provide halts at Chittapur, Malkhed and Sedam stations. Basavaraj Patil Sedam, MP, said that he had discussed the issue with the Railway Minister. He also demanded that the Railway Ministry start the work of setting up a railway divisional headquarters in Kalaburagi.

The former Minister Qamarul Islam expressed his happiness over the resumption of the train and wanted more halts and a change in the timing.

The train would start at 10.15 a.m. in Kalaburagi and reach Hyderabad at 2.50 p.m. While returning, the train will leave Hyderabad at 4 p.m. and reach Kalaburagi at 9 p.m.

The train will stop at Shahabad, Wadi, Tandur, Vikarabad, and Lingampally.

This train will have one AC chair car, and 10 coaches of second class reserved coaches.

Divisional Railway Manager of Central Railways at Solapur Ajai Kumar Dubey was present.

The train was inaugurated in February, but the service was discontinued