Indian Railways is planning to shift its Ferozepur division, which is the largest division in the country, to Jalandhar for managing the operations in a better manner.
“We are contemplating to shift Ferozepur division to Jalandhar and consultations in this regard are going on,” Divisional Railway Manager, Anuj Prakash said today.
Citing operational difficulties, DRM said, “I am in one corner of a large division and operationally, it is very difficult to manage from Ferozepur. Mine is the largest division in Indian railways with a route length of 1850 km.”
“However, all actions happen in Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Pathankot, Jammu and Srinagar while train connectivity from Ferozepur is very poor. It is a very big operational problem,” he further said.
Prakash said that relocation of the division to Jalandhar was ideal in terms of managing operations.
“I am interested from railway efficiency point of view (for shifting) and Jalandhar is best from all points of view. My considered opinion is that Jalandhar is an ideal location,” he said.
However, he said it may take some time to implement this plan.
Came into being in the year 1862, the Firozepur division of northern railways caters to the rail transport needs of Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir and a part of Himachal Pradesh.
Firozepur division serves a large number of industrial and important towns like Amritsar, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Ludhiana, Firozpur and Kapurthala in Punjab, Kangra, Palampur, Baijnath Paprola and Joginder Nagar in Himachal Pradesh. Jammu Tawi is an another important station under this Division which acts as a gateway to a large number of tourists and pilgrims.