Wardha-Kalamb train to start chugging soon

Media Coverage | 05-02-2024

The railways will soon start a train between Wardha and Kalamb on the all-important Wardha-Yavatmal-Nanded railway line section, which will be a boon for the development of backward areas of  Vidarbha and Marathwada.

The Railway Board has decided to start a passenger train on this route and the schedule has been released, much to the joy of local people. However, the exact date from when the train would start has not been announced yet.

It is pertinent to mention that this railway line is a dream project of  chairman of the editorial board of Lokmat Media Group and former member of Rajya Sabha Dr Vijay Darda. He has been actively involved in pushing for the completion of the project and has been in constant touch with officials of State and Central governments as well as the railway ministry following which the project gained momentum.

It was because of Dr Darda’s efforts that funds were also provided for the project in which the Centre’s share is 60% while State government’s contribution is 40%.

On December 23, a safety run on 23.69-km stretch from Deoli to Kalamb was completed. After this, the Railway Safety Commissioner inspected this new railway route and granted a safety certificate, which paved the way for starting the train journey on this route.

Train to Yavatmal by March-end

The total length of Wardha-Yavatmal-Nanded is 284.65 km. Of these, 38.61-km route from Wardha to Kalamb has been completed. Work on the remaining 246.5 km route from Kalamb to Nanded is going on at a fast pace. The construction work of 32 out of 80 big bridges on this route has been completed. At the same time, the work on 43 roads, overbridges etc. is going on at a fast pace. Work on six tunnels on this route has also started. After completing the work under Package-1 and 2, the train will be started till Yavatmal by the end of March.

Passenger train schedule

Up train number: 51119

Wardha (8 am) — Deoli (8:25 am) — Bhidi (8:42 am) — Kalamb (9:10 am)

Down train number: 51120

Kalamb (10 am) — Bhidi (10:20 am)  — Deoli (10:32 am) —  (Wardha: 11:10 am)

Bogies: 8 general, 2 SLR

Ferry days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

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