The Billimora-Waghai prepare contains of 5 coaches and the fare of this prepare service is Rs 15. (File picture: IE)

A slim gauge prepare service of Indian Railways that ran in South Gujarat for over 100 years could have already accomplished its last journey. The heritage railway route of Billimora-Waghai was amongst 11 department rail traces and slim gauge sections of the Western Railway zone that had been deemed to be uneconomic by the Ministry of Railways, which lately ordered their everlasting closure. This slim gauge prepare service was began by the British within the 12 months 1913 and was largely utilized by the tribals staying in inside villages, in response to an IE report. Because the rising of the COVID-19 pandemic, this narrow-gauge prepare service had been halted.

Chief public relations officer of the Western Railway zone, Sumit Thakur was quoted within the report saying that out of the 11 traces, just a few of them have already stopped functioning. The Billimora-Waghai heritage railway service was a vestige of Gaekwad dynasty who had earlier dominated the princely state of Baroda. The slim gauge prepare service connecting Billimora junction within the district of Valsad to Waghai Junction in Dangs district within the state of Gujarat covers a distance of 63 kilometres, which incorporates the areas which have a scarcity of street connectivity or different modes of transport.

The Billimora-Waghai prepare contains of 5 coaches and the fare of this prepare service is Rs 15. Many of the commuters of this slim gauge prepare are tribals who carry their greens from their farms to promote at Billimora, the report acknowledged. The prepare service can also be utilized by labourers from Dangs working in mango and chickoo farms in Billimora, it added.

In the meantime, the Western Railway zone has made an enormous achievement below ‘Mission Zero Scrap’. Within the 12 months 2019-20, Western Railways offered scrap of Rs 533.37 crore, which was highest amongst all Indian Railways zones. Apart from, within the present fiscal too, the zone has offered Scrap value Rs 230.31 crore, the very best amongst all zones as o­n date.

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