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WR Press Release No 2020/07 24-07-2020


Works such as construction of new Atul railway station building, Rly Quarters and commissioning of Yard works including Mega Ballast Depot and PQRS Siding work also completed amidst the lockdown period


Photo Caption: (Top Row from L to R) The newly constructed Atul railway station building, Rly staff quarters & Ballast siding platform at Atul. (Bottom Row): The various views of construction work being undertaken for the infrastructural upgradation at Atul station of Western Rly.


In continuation to various developmental and infrastructural works undertaken during the lockdown, Western Railway has successfully completed a host of works at Atul station of Mumbai Division, which mainly comprised of construction of ATUL Station building & 12 nos. of Rly Quarters for Staff at ATUL Station, commissioning of MEGA BALLAST DEPOT having o­ne-time capacity of 15000 M3 and PQRS SIDING With 02 R&D lines and 03 PQRS lines.


According to a press release issued by Shri Sumit Thakur - Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Railway, with the combined efforts of various departments such as Civil Engineering, Operating, S&T and TRD, Electronic interlockingwork at Atul Station was successfully completed in connection with Commissioning of PQRS & Ballast Sidings o­n 16th July, 2020 during a short period of 45 days from the date of CRS Approval o­n 2nd June, 2020, in spite of COVID-19 pandemic, Labour/Machinery crisis and heavy rain threat. With the commissioning of this new Atul Mega Ballast Depot, now it will be possible to fulfill Ballast requirements not o­nly of Virar - Surat section but entire Mumbai division, which otherwise used to be transported all the way from Timbarva in Vadodara division and/or Udhan-JL section. This Mega ballast depot has capacity of 15000 m3as well as has capacity of 35 hoppers placement at a time. Apart from Atul ballast depot and PQRS siding, new station building, quarters for staff and two additional goods loop lines (R&D lines) have been commissioned that will give operational flexibility in terms of giving preference and stabling. Traffic Work Order (TWO) of 21 days was sanctioned for insertion of Turnouts, SEJ, Crossovers, Tamping, Glued joints insertion and EI and work is completed ahead of TWO sanctioned.


Shri Thakur stated that Virar - Suratsection of W. Rly is classified as Broad Gauge “A” Route having 414 Track KM at a sectional speed of 130kmph for Rajdhani Express and comprising of section having 46 GMT o­n UP Main Line and 40 GMT o­n DOWN Main Line. New ATUL STATION BUILDING, QUARTERS and ATUL Siding is developed o­n this section, against OLD UDVADA QUARRY and PQRS DEPOT at VALSAD under DFCCIL fund under UTILITY shifting work.


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