CRS completes inspection, issues safety certificate South Eastern Central Railways (SECR) is working on a number of projects at present and gauge conversion of Nagpur-Chhindwara section is one among them.
The 44 kilometre gauge conversion work of Kelvad to Bhimalgondi has been completed and the route will soon be dedicated for train traffic. Sources in SECR said the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) recently inspected the route and issued the safety certificate – which is necessary to start train service.
Earlier, the work of 35 kilometre stretch from Chhindwara to Bhandarkund and 48 kilometre stretch from Itwari to Kelvad were completed and the route was opened to train traffic. With completion of this route now only gauge conversion of 22 kilometres from Bhandarkund to Bhimalgondi remains to be completed. SECR officials informed that the work is being carried out in full swing and would be completed soon.
The stations and stoppages on Kelvad-Bhimalgondi route include Sawanga passenger halt, Paradsinga halt, Lodhikheda station, Berdi passenger halt, Saunsar station, Ramakona station, Devi passenger halt and Ghadela passenger halt.
With the operation of train service on this route, the local residents would get maximum benefit, who were facing a number of difficulties in absence of rail connectivity. This will also save their time and money.