Even after getting clearance from the office of the Chief Commissioner for Railway Safety (CCRS) to run the first day Duronto train over a month ago,the train did not start operations on Sunday. Earlier,the Railway Board had indicated that the train will begin its maiden journey on July 31.
Officials at the Firozpur Divisional Railway Managers (DRM) office,however,claimed that there was no indication from the authorities that the train will begin operations on July 31. Though a month ago,the Board authorities had told us over the phone that it will begin operations by July 31, said a source.
When contacted,Railway Board authorities in New Delhi reverted the matter to DRM,Northern Railways. The Chief Public Relations officer (DRM Northern Railways) S K Sharma,on the other hand,said that the CCRS was yet to give clearance for the train to start operations.
CCRS Prashant Kumar,however,claimed that the clearance was given some time ago.
He added that earlier,his office had recommended that the train be run at the speed of 105 km/hour,but the Railway Board wanted to run it at the speed of 110km/hour. The Railway Board has the power to increase the speed. It can start the train at a speed of 105 km per hour and then increase the speed to 110 km/hour. There is no delay from our side to run this train, said Kumar.
The first day Duronto train,scheduled to be run between Amritsar and Chandigarh,was rolled out by the Rail Coach Factory at Kapurthala on April 1.
The train will run five days a week via Bassi-Pathana-New Morinda track instead of via Ambala and cover around 250 km in less then four hours.
For the last four months,it has been stranded on the tracks.