After work remaining suspended for more than four months following strict lockdown norms, the Northern Railway authorities will soon resume its much awaited project of constructing boundary walls alongside the Sahnewal-Dhandari section to curb rising death cases due to trespassing on the tracks and restrict passersby on unoccupied railway land for their self interests.
Apart from that, the Railways will initiate mapping work of constructing boundary walls alongside the Dhuri railway track also. The railway authorities had extended the deadlines of the development project till next year after looking at the present condition. But it will take six months to give it the final shape as the railway authorities had to plug the entry points along the tracks by September 2020.
Assistant divisional engineer of the division has said, “After getting a green signal from the higher authorities of Northern Railway, the local engineer department will soon initiate the work on the section from Ludhiana to Sahnewal as of now. In the first phase, Dhandari to Sahnewal section will be covered and then the wall will be constructed from Ludhiana to Dhandari.” He further said, “It is a 15km stretch from Ludhiana to Sahnewal but the wall will be constructed on around 4-4.5km area between the two stations.
We have identified some points from where a number of persons and cattle cross the tracks. The most densely populated section along the tracks in this area is Ludhiana-Dhandari section.” “Moreover, the railway department has sent notices to the persons who have encroached upon railway land along the tracks, and asked them to vacate the area. Along with this, we are also going to draw a plan to construct the wall along Dhuri line in the next few months.
For this, mapping of the same areas will soon begin to check passersby from crossing the railway lines,” the official further said. The higher authorities will take the help of Railway Protection Force to maintain safety norms among the working community for early completion of the development projects.
Meanwhile, sources in the railway department said, “Lack of manpower in the construction wing of the railway department has become a major problem for lack of action against the people occupying railway land near Dhuri railway line.” Ludhiana railway station director Tarun Kumar said, “The Railways have resumed most of its development work after following all safety standards. We have already completed the work of dismantling a closed part of foot overbridge at the railway station.”