The parliamentary panel in a recent move has directed the Indian Railways to speed up gauge conversion work of 225 km long track in Maharashtra involving an investment of Rs. 1554cr. The gauge conversion of Yawatmal-Murtizar (113 km), Achalpur-Murtizapur (77 km) and Pulgaon-Arvi (35 km) lines in the state are pending and have been lying unattended for decades now. Currently, these sections of rail lines are owned by a private company named as Central Provinces Railway Company and operated by the Central Railway. The committee observed that due to poor maintenance by the private owner, the trains in these sections run at average speed of 16-17 km per hour. The areas adjoining the lines have immense potential to grow but for want of transportation growth it is not happening there. The panel strongly emphasized that railways should take all the requisite initiatives for repair of the lines so as to ensure safe and uninterrupted running of trains as the smooth travelling and transportation facilities would give much needed impetus to the economy of these regions.
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