Between Dhaboi and Miyagam in Gujarat is an Indian railways line which can be stated to be Asia’s first narrow-gauge line. However, quickly this narrow-gauge line will be converted to braod gauge, reviews IE. The line which has been operational since 19th century, doesn’t add to current railway necessities. Earlier this 12 months, the railway Board determined to protect this line as a useful piece of commercial heritage. However, just lately, whereas refusing to protect the line as heritage, the Western railway, which has jurisdiction over this line, wrote to the railway Board stating that the undertaking for changing this slender gauge line into broad gauge line and linking it to the principle line was sanctioned in the 12 months 2011-12, and the work for that has already began.
According to the report, the Western railway argued that after the 33-km part is converted into broad gauge, it should assist scale back congestion in Vadodara. The zone additionally knowledgeable that for this work, 13 tenders have been awarded, amounting to Rs 110 crore. This had been recognized by the railway Board and likewise 4 different strains connecting it, for preservation since they deal with negligible visitors.
Western railway acknowledged that because the 33-km Dhaboi-Miyagam line has solely two trains operating day by day, it’s suggested that this part mustn’t be preserved as heritage line. Similarly, the zone has objected to preserving of the 51-km lengthy Pratapnagar-Jambusar part, stating that this part has been sanctioned for gauge conversion. The Western railway additionally claimed that if this line stays a slender gauge, continuity of broad-gauge line from Bharuch/Dahesh to Chhota Udepur will be damaged. However, the zone has agreed the preserving of three strains – 63 km lengthy Bilimora-Waghai part, 38-km lengthy Miyagam-Choranda-Malsar part and the 19-km lengthy Choranda-Moti Koral part.
Other than some hill railways in India, the narrow-gauge strains are just about non-existent in the world. Indian railways is making efforts to protect them. All the above talked about slender gauge strains are in Gujarat of 204 km, have been initially owned by the princely state’s Gaekwad Baroda State railway.