Indian Railways forays into overhead tracks
New Delhi: The first elevated rail track of Indian Railways will come up in Haryana’s Rohtak, getting rid of five level crossings and facilitating smoother road traffic.
The 4-km stretch of Rohtak-Gohana railway line will be built at a cost of Rs.314 crore, said Arun Arora, deputy regional manager, Northern Railway. Out of this, the railways will spend Rs.70 crore and rest will come from the Haryana government.
Last year in April, when railway minister Suresh Prabhu was on his visit to Haryana, the state chief minister asked him to find alternative technical solutions like underground or elevated track on existing alignment to address the traffic problem in the city as railway-level crossing were causing massive traffic jams and inconvenience to the residents. When railways started exploring options, what worked out was raising the existing track. The elevated track would be built adjoining to existing alignment leaving 12m wide strip for construction of road on railway land and once its operational, the existing would be retired.
Arora said elevated tracks are safer as there won’t be any trespassing on them. The experiment will also help study how elevated tracks will help ease traffic problems in congested cities and can become an example for resolving urban transportation chaos.