30 December 2015


Northern Railway is the largest zone in terms of route kilometers over the Indian Railways. The zone further consolidated its position recently by adding more trackage in the form of the newly constructed line between Jind and Sonepat, two fast expanding towns in the state of Haryana.
The Pandupindara – Sonepat section of Jind – Sonepat new railway line covering a length of 81.05 Km was opened for freight traffic o­n 28.12.2015. The construction work of this line was sactioned in the fiscal year 2007-08.  The cost of the line which will be a boon to the people living in this agriculture and industry rich region has been jointly borne  by the Railways and the state of Haryana o­n a 50 : 50 sharing basis. The present cost of this project is pegged to be around 800 Crores.
There are five stations o­n this line, namely Pandupindara Jn., Bhambhewa, Gohana Jn., Mohana and Sonepat along with seven halt stations, Lalit Khera, Ishpur Kheri, Butana, Khandrai, Rabrah, Lath and Barwasni. There are 261 bridges including subways in the entire section out of which 17 are major bridges. To provide road crossings, 56 Subways and Road Under Bridges have been provided at points under the track along with 28 level crossings out of which 08 are manned level crossings.
A trial run of loaded goods train was successfully done o­n this section o­n 28.12.2015. The train entered from Pandupindara and travelled through the section to end its maiden run at the last station i.e. Sonepat. The people of the region were very excited to see the train in their village and gathered in large numbers in pockets along the route applauding andcheering. The railway line is now open for movement of freight traffic. However the line is likely to be opened to normal passenger traffic in January 2016 after intensive inspections, trial runs and obtaining the sanction of Commissioner for Railway Safety (CRS). All the stations enroute have also been commissioned.
With this Northern Railway has completed the target of 127.5 km track laying in December itself allotted by Railway Board to the zone for the current fiscal year. The cumulative progress during the year 2015-16 upto the month of December has been 188.0 km, which is a record in the history of Northern Railway.