Railway facilities and services in Raebareli and surrounding areas are on the threshold of transformation under the dynamic leadership of Hon’ble Chairperson, UPA, Smt. Sonia Gandhi. Today, a number of Rail Projects have been initiated, which includes the laying of the foundation stones of Coaching Complex at Raebareli Railway station and an underpass near Idgah at Raebareli Railway Station, while certain other facilities already completed have been pressed into service, i.e. the inauguration of the Executive Lounge at Raebareli Station, a Computerized Reservation Ticketing System at Dalmau, separate counters for Reserved/ Unreserved Tickets at Lalganj, and the re-opening of Surajkund Halt. Today also marks the completion of the 636 k.m. Moradabad- Mughalsarai electrified railway line. on the occasion along with Hon’ble Chairperson, UPA, Smt. Sonia Gandhi, General Manager, Northern Railway, Shri Vijay Kumar Gupta & other Senior Railway Officials were also present.
Railways have taken up the construction work of Raebareli-Akbarganj-Faizabad new line (116 Km.), Unchahar-Amethi-Sultanpur-Kadipur new line (134 Km.), doubling of the Utaratia-Raebareli (66 km) and Raebareli- Amethi (60 Km) in this area, while electrification from Mughalsarai-Lucknow (288 Km) has already been commissioned and work is in progress for electrification of 200 Km Varanasi-Unchahar railway line.
Computerized Reservation Ticketing System, which was a long standing requirement of people of Dalmau has been made operational with the inauguration of the new centre in the town today.This will facilitate people to get reservation from anywhere to anywhere on the Indian Railway System from their own town.
Surajkund, a station between Dariyapur-Dalmau stations, which had been closed in the past, has been reopened as a halt station on the demand of the public. Three pairs of passenger trains will now stop here to connect this area to the rest of the nation by the railways.
Provision of enhanced level of amenities for passengers has been a major aim of Ministry of Railways. In this direction, whereas waiting rooms are available at Raebareli, an air-conditioned lounge is being provided at Raebareli station. Also, a ‘Rail Neer’ Plant is being established in Amethi.
There was a level crossing on the west end of Raebareli station which was closed as a Road- Over- Bridge (ROB) had been constructed here. It was found that due to this, the people of this area have been facing difficulties for offering prayers at the Idgah situated on the other side of the track. A subway will now be provided here for their movement across the track. This subway shall be completed in 6 months.In order to provide convenient & safe passage across railway tracks at Barara Buzurg & Akona, Northern Railway has sanctioned the provision of a subway under the Railway track at its own cost. These subways will be provided by the State of the Art technology and will be designed with suitable drainage system, proper lighting and adequate visibility for road users.
Existing facilities at the Raebareli station are being substantially upgraded under the leadership of Smt Gandhi and a new coaching complex has been planned at this station. In this project a new 26 coach length washing line will be constructed, along with extension of existing half length washing line to 26 coach length, while a sick line has also been sanctioned. A new overhead tank of 2,25,000 litres is also planned adjacent to proposed washing lines to facilitate easy and effective cleaning of rakes. At present, the existing half length washing line pit is being used to give primary maintenance to 3 rakes per day i.e. one express train and two passenger trains. With commissioning of new coaching complex, it will be possible to maintain 6 full length, 26 coach rakes at Raebareli. This will enable introduction of new trains from various parts of the country to Raebareli in various directions.
As a measure to enhance the mobility of the people of this area, Northern Railway has planned to introduce number of trains.In this regard, a new train no. 14219/14220 Lucknow – Varanasiwill be started soon.In addition, for the people of Raghu Raj Singh station, Jalalpur Dhai & Bighapur, Railways have decided to provide additional stoppages to Unchahar Express at these stations.
Northern Railway has made sustainable efforts to provide all possible facilities and amenities to its passengers i.e. operation of new trains, additional stoppages to the trains passing through this station, waiting halls, drinking water on platforms and trains, public conveniences, lights/fans on platform, reservation counters etc. Smt. Sonia Gandhi has taken a keen interest in the development and the creation of a strong infrastructure for the people of Raebareli and surrounding areas.
With the completion of these projects, this area will be benefited immensely.By working on such projects, Northern Railway is committed to the development of all areas being served by the zone.