Western Railway (WR) has completed electrification of the newly converted broad gauge line between Mehsana and Vadnagar in just eight months. On Wednesday, R K Sharma, commissioner of railway safety, conducted an inspection of the work at Vadnagar station. According to a press release issued by the WR, the section between Mehsana and Vadnagar is part of the Mehsana-Taranga Hill gauge conversion project.
The gauge conversion work of Mehsana-Vadnagar section of 34.43 km was completed and opened for rail traffic on July 23 last year. The electrification of this section was sanctioned by Ministry of Railways in April last year at a cost of Rs 74.66 crore. The electrification work was taken by the WR on a war footing in May last year.
“Even though the Mehsana-Vadnagar section faced torrential rains during the monsoon season which held up the work for about three months, the WR was able to complete the work in a record time. The WR has certainly set a benchmark for other similar projects being executed by the WR to realize the nation’s ambitious mission of 100% electrification of railways,” said Ravinder Bhakar, chief public relations officer of the WR.