Akola: 19 June :- A decision to remove the technological barrier of forest department in Akola-Khandwa rail-road construction work was taken at a high-level committee meeting in Delhi. So the question of this route that has been stuck for many years has begun. Gauge conversion will involve nine states of the country.
Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari chaired by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State for Defense, In the presence of Subhash Bhamre, Akola MP Sanjay Dhotre, senior forest officials and senior officials of the Environment Department, a meeting was held to remove the difficulties of gauge conversion of Akola-Khandwa railway line. During this meeting, discussion on the problem of gauge conversion of Akola-Khandwa railway line going through the limits of Melghat Tiger Reserve.
The Akola-Khandwa railway line has come into existence before the existence of the Forest Conservation Act, 1980, and the decision to sanction the gauge conversion was taken at today’s meeting, said the MP, Sanjay Dhotre, after the meeting. Dhotre said that due to the approval of the Forest Conservation Act, approval for the work of gauze conversion from Akot and Amla Khurd, which were closed, was sanctioned. He expressed his confidence that the gauge conversion work will start soon. Presently Akola-Akot road work is underway. However, Akot and Amla Khurd on Akot from Khandwa Road was going through the Melghat Tiger Reserve in Amravati and Akola district, due to technical difficulties from the Central Forests and Environment Department in the gauge conversion of this route. So, the work was done by Akote and Amla Khurd, “said Dhotre.
A senior Railway Ministry official said that due to technical difficulties in the Akola-Khandwa gauge conversion work, the work will be completed in a span of two to two years. Railway budget is Akola-Khandwa-Ratlam (472 Kms. The approval was given to the broad gauge from the metering of the railway line. Accordingly, the gauge conversion of Ratlam to Khandwa railway line has changed. Recently, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the work of conversion of the gauge route, which will cost around Rs.1421 crores.