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NEW DELHI: Utilising the nationwide lockdown as a result of Covid pandemic, the Indian Railways accomplished 200 works to take away bottlenecks and enhance passenger security. Completing these works would have taken two years during regular occasions, railway board chairman V K Yadav stated, since getting long-duration monitor blockages are tough.
The works included rebuilding and rehabilitation of 82 bridges, 48 restricted top subways and highway below bridge in lieu of degree crossing gates, building and strengthening of 16 foot over bridges (FOBs), dismantling of 14 outdated FOBs and transforming of 5 yards.
Yadav stated a few of these pending works created bottlenecks for railways and their completion would assist elevated velocity of trains on such sections.
An official launch stated, “Indian Railways focused on several long pending overdue maintenance works which required traffic block of long durations…They were planned during lockdown period considering it ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ to wipe out these maintenance arrears and take up the execution of work without affecting the train service.”
Railways accomplished two projects of doubling with electrification in Varanasi division. These projects resulted in decongestion of east-west routes and facilitation of freight motion.