AHMEDABAD: Indian Railway has decided to stop train movement from September 15 on the meter gauge Sabarmati-Botad and Sabarmati-Ranuja tracks for gauge conversion work.
The tracks were approved for conversion in 2007 and later railway minister Mamata Banerjee had ordered a survey in 2010. The conversion will help cut travel time to Bhavnagar. "It is possible that trains starting from Porbandar would also run on the new Ahmedabad-Bhavnagar track via Botad. Currently, these trains take the Jamnagar-Rajkot-Viramgam route for Ahmedabad," said a railway official.
Four to five mail and express trains are likely
There were 2 MG intercity trains between ADI & Bhavnagar via Botad, i.e. Shetrunji Exp and its complementary express which have been discontinued as part of the route (Botad-Bhavnagar has been converted in to BG long back). The two trains shaould be introduced after guage conversion of ADI-Botad MG section.
Zyada trains is track se nahin jaayengi aur diverted to bahut hi kam kyunki tab tak Botad-Surendranagar-Ahmedabad track electrified hoga aur SUNR-ADI FEDL.
Tender for works related to Bhildi Viramgam Gauge conversion
RAJKOT: In a major relief to passengers travelling to and from Saurashtra, the work on the 65km double tracks between Viramgam and Surendranagar is likely to be completed in four months.
"The work is under progress and it will soon be ready for operation. Once the double tracks between Viramgam and Surendranagar is ready, it will help maintain punctuality of trains coming and going from the Rajkot division. If we have double tracks, train services will not be affected while carrying out maintenance work of the tracks," Vinay Babtiwale, divisional railway manager of the Rajkot division, told TOI.
65 % of Rajkot to Ahmadabad regular passengers can utilize this as additional service.
Train No.09031 Bandra (T)-Bhuj Express will depart from Bandra(T) at 23.45 hrs on 05thNovember,2014 and will arrive Bhuj at 15.40 hrs next day.. Similarly, train no 09032 Bhuj-Bandra(T) Express will depart from Bhuj at 17.50 hrs on 06thNovember,2014 and will arrive Bandra(T) at 12.00 hrs next day.
The train will halt at Borivali, Vapi, Surat, Vadodara, Anand, Nadiad, Ahmedabad , Viramgam, Dhrangdhra, Samakhyali and Gandhidham stations in both the directions.