MHOW, June 28: The country will soon have the Diamond
Quadrilateral for high-speed trains which will shorten travel time to a great
extent and make the journey extremely comfortable for the passengers, Minister
of State for Railway Manoj Sinha said here today.
He said this after inaugurating Indore-Mhow railway line, that has been
converted from metre gauge to broad gauge, and a Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU)
train at Mhow station in Indore district.
The Diamond Quadrilateral is a project of the Indian Railway to establish
high-speed rail network, which will connect the four metros, namely Delhi,
Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai.
"Currently the whole emphasis is given on the timing of passenger trains
and nobody cares about the delay in running of goods trains. The government is
working to ensure that good trains run on right time," he added.
Sinha informed that Railways has signed an MoU with the Surface Transport
Ministry for construction of Railway Over Bridges (ROBs) across the country.
"Following this, almost all the railway crossings will have over bridges
and this is bound to bring down the number of accidents drastically," he
Speaking on the occasion, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said, "After
gauge conversion of Indore-Mhow railway line, Mhow will get one more gift as
electrification work of the track between Indore-Mhow will be taken up and
completed by March 2017."
The cost of Indore-Manmad railway line swelled from Rs 300 crore to Rs 3,000
crore due to "failure" of previous Congress-led UPA government in
completing the project, she alleged.
"Looking at the strategic importance of Mhow cantonment, I will work for
introduction a train between Mhow to Guwahati," the Indore MP said.