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Pune-Daund track to get wired by August Pune-Daund track to get wired by August

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PUNE: Daily commuters will soon be able to take local trains to Daund as the much-awaited electrification of Pune-Daund railway track is expected to get over in 2015. About 70% of the work is complete including erection of electric poles along the track. Power stations at Yevat and Daund and laying of overhead high-tension wires is likely to be completed by August which will facilitate trial runs.

The electrification of Pune-Daund-Bhigvan track was proposed long back, but the actual work started in December 2012. Authorities had set a three-year target to complete it. Officials said that the administration is holding talks with the farmers whose lands are to be acquired for setting up the power stations. A schedule to operate blocks for laying overhead wires will be finalized soon. The work is being planned in phases to avoid major disturbances to daily schedules of trains, a senior officer told TOI.

The Pune-Daund-Bhigvan route is a part of Pune-Solapur rail link which further connects to Chennai and Bangalore. The link is vital as most long distance trains to southern parts are on this route. There was a long pending demand to complete electrification of Pune-Solapur section as the rail track between Mumbai-Lonavla and Pune is already electrified.

Authorities said that electrification of about 104km has been proposed under the project. While the Pune-Daund section is 76km long, Daund-Bhigvan section is 28km long. They said over 3,000 poles have been erected till Daund to lay overhead wires to carry electric supply. After successfully trial runs, the administration plans to run local trains on this route.

"The electrification of Pune-Daund section is vital to improve rail services in Pune region as it will establish a direct link between Pimpri Chinchwad-Pune and Solapur sections," Vikas Deshpande, member of divisional railway users consultative committee said.

He said that running of inter-connecting local trains with better frequency will bring a huge respite to daily commuters who otherwise travel in mail express trains or shuttles up to Daund.

Meanwhile, frequent commuters said that the administration should take up works of raising the platform height and length at smaller stations like Hadapsar, Urali, Kedgaon to accommodate long distance trains and local trains.

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## Electrification of Pune-Daund section

- Total length: 104 KM upto Bhigvan

- Work done so far: 70%

# Works done

- Erection of poles along the track

- Identification of space for power supply units

- Talks with farmers to release land

# In pipeline

- Commencement of power supply units at Yavat, Daund

- Laying of overhead cables

- Schedules of blocks for laying of cables

# Expected to be complete by: August 2015

# Trial runs will be done after completion of work

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