Work on the Kiul-Lakhisarai railway yard remodelling is going on in full swing. Railways intends to complete this project by March 31 with an aim to further streamline huge traffic operation on this route under Danapur division of the East Central Railway (ECR).
According to ECR’s chief public relations officer (CPRO) Rajesh Kumar, railways is also building a new bridge parallel to the 100 years’ old rail bridge at Kiul. “The new Kiul rail bridge has the double track facility for ensuring smooth traffic on UP and Down lines. This work will also be completed by March 31 this year,” he said.
Besides, railways is installing a route relay interlocking (RRI) system at Kiul to replace the old manual lever pulling signalling system. “The RRI is the most advanced signalling system capable of averting any kind of mishap on tracks due to faulty signalling system,” he said, adding railways has already installed RRI system at Jhajha, Patna Junction and Danapur.
Kiul and Lakhisarai are two major stations, which connect Howrah and Delhi ends on the mainline route. While the east end of Kiul-Lakhisarai is linked to Jhajha and Bhagalpur sides, the west end connects Gaya, Patna and Barauni.
“Yard remodelling and advanced RRI system are likely to help railways in clearing traffic bottleneck at this junction point where a large number of passenger trains from both Howrah and Delhi ends pass through,” he said.
On completion of the project, the number of platforms at Kiul will increase from five to eight, giving more passage space for passenger and goods trains. “The remodelling of yard will also increase its capacity, including more space, for stabilizing rakes of passenger trains in the yard,” CPRO said.
Meanwhile, railways has decided to run Darbhanga-New Delhi Bihar Sampark Kranti Express (12565/12566) with Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches from January 17. This train will run with a load combination of 22 coaches.