हजारीबाग रोड Hazaribagh Road (HZD): Come February 20 and Hazaribagh Road Railway station on the Dhanbad Division of East Central Railway will enter into the Railway map of India with Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagging off a passenger train between Hazaribagh and Koderma there on the same day. It was a dream of the denizens of Hazaribagh since Independence to see their town linked with railway. On Friday, February 20, the decade-old dream is going to be a reality. The enthusiasm of people had begun on December 22, 2013 when the trial rail engine has arrived here for the first time. Though it was a long countdown but now only three days (72 hours) are left when PM Narendra Modi will inaugurate the new railway station and flag off the first passenger train from Hazaribagh station to Koderma junction.
Additional Chief Secretary NN Pandey,who heads the state Home Department is busy preparing security measures for Modi’s visit.
In fact,the people of Hazaribagh had backed Modi by voting for the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections.Now,PM Modi is going to return the favour.
The new Hazaribagh Railway Station has become a new centre of attraction of Hazaribagh town and as the day of start of railway service from this station is coming closer, more and more people are going there to catch everything in their memory because on February 20, not even a single inch area of the station is going to be vacant.
The train link of Hazaribagh was nearly a five-decade-old demand of its people. How much the denizens of Hazaribagh are attached with this dream was last visible on December 22, 2013 and now it is certain that on February 20, 2015 the people of Hazaribagh would gather here in large numbers. After independence, almost every Central Government assured the denizens of Hazaribagh to give rail link but it never gone beyond the preliminary survey work. In 1991 Yashwant Sinha tried, making the dream true and the proposal first came in interim railway budget of Chandrashekhar Government, but failed.
Sinha again stepped ahead and in 1998 Railway Budget the proposal was passed. In 1999, then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee laid the foundation stone of about 200 km long Koderma-Hazaribagh-Barkakana-Ranchi rail line project having an estimated cost of Rs 3,000 crore. The target was to complete the entire line by 2007 but only one part of this project which Hazaribagh-Koderma, about 80 km long is going to be functional from next Friday.
There are many reasons behind this delay and one of them is the topography of this area. Some people compare it with Konkan rail project because of its height which is about 2,000 ft above the sea level and the scenic beauty which will remind you the toy train tracks of some famous hill stations. Now all is set, the district administration has specially decorated the walls of Hazaribagh Railway Station with local Sohrai and Kohbar art paintings.
The passenger train to be flagged off by the PM has arrived. Office equipment of railway station has also arrived with this five bogey train. Flowers for its decoration are expected to arrive on Wednesday from Bengaluru. The big clocks of Hazaribagh Station have started tickling, announcement system is ready and the denizens are eager to hear ‘Passengers attention please, the train for Koderma is going to leave/ arriving Hazaribagh Station….’
The occasion will be historic as it will mark the inauguration of the newly constructed Koderma-Hazaribagh railway line, part of the much-awaited 200km Koderma-Hazaribagh-Ranchi link.