Jaisalmer’s limestone will now reach different parts of the country as the much awaited goods train started running from Sonu . The trains, flagged off by railway deputy chief engineer Baldev Ram and Rajasthan State Mines and Minerals (RSMM) general manager D D Shripat, left from Sonu railway station to Bhilai and Jharkhand’s Bokaro late on 26th August 2020 (Wednesday).
The construction of Sonu-Hamira railway line started in December 2019, but due to technical reasons and other necessary processes, the operation of goods trains did not start on this 58.5km track which was built at a cost Rs 350 crore. Efforts were being made for the last many years to start good strains and RSMM had to send its limestone to Jaisalmer at a distance of 70km for loading into the goods train. This was proving costly in the competitive market.
Jodhpur railway division spokesperson Gopal Sharma said the RSMM and railway administration were trying to start loading of limestone from Sonu mines since 2011, but the efforts realised on August 26 this year. The other main achievement is that the average speed of goods train in this division was 21km per hour, which has been increased to 50kmph, which was maximum in NWR.
Sharma said the first goods train with 58 rakes carrying limestone left for Bhilai, at a distance of 1,600km, on Wednesday. Similarly, another goods train left directly for Bokaro from Sonu mines. RSMM general manager Shripat said the project will prove to be a milestone along with contributing to the development of Jaisalmer. It was a much awaited project for which efforts were being made for quite a long time.