Dimapur, March 31 (MExN): With the completion of Baraigram-Dullabcherra section, the entire railway network in northeast has been converted from medium gauge to broad gauge, an NFR official informed today.
The Railway Minster of State Rajen Gohain, on March 31, flagged off the first BG passenger train service in the newly converted Baraigram -Dullabcherra section in the Karimganj district of Assam.
Conversion of section with the length of 29.40Km from MG into BG marks the completion of gauge conversion of the entire MG lines in Northeast region to BG, Pranav Jyoti Sharma CPRO, N.F.Railway stated in a press release received here.
While the sanctioned cost of the gauge conversion work was about Rs.140 Crs, it was completed with the saving of saving of about 16.00 crs by eliminating a permanent diversion of 1.5 kms through hills, it added.
There are 8 major Bridges and 60 Minor bridges and 6 manned Level crossing gates in the sectio and theree are 6 stations in the section viz. Eraligul, Phakhoagram, Bazarghat, Ratabari, Anipur and Dullabcherra.
“This section starts from Bariagram station which lies on the Badarpur-Kumarghat-Agartala line and is about 40Km from Badarpur Railway Jn. Dullabcherra being the terminating station,” the release further informed.
After being certified by CRS to run passenger trains, today passenger trains are being flagged off fulfilling a long standing demand of the local population, it said.
According to NFR at present, two pairs of trains one from Silchar another from Badarpur will connect Dullabcherra daily.
Train number 55688 will leave Silchar at 05-00 hrs to reach Dullabcherra at 08-45 hrs while train number 55689 will leave Dullabcherra 09-10 hrs to arrive Badarpur at 12-25 hrs. The other pair train number 55690 will leave Badarpur at 15-15 hrs to arrive Dullabcherra 18-30 hrs while train number 55687 will leave Dullabcherra 19-10 hrs to arrive Silchar at 23-00 hrs.
During the flagging off ceremony, Gohain said that Railway Ministry is taking up various developmental projects on priority basis for the north-eastern region.
Among others, Parimal Suklabaidya, Assan Minister for PWD (Road & Building, National Highways), Fisheries and Excise; General Manager of NFR Chahatey Ram; General Manager of NFR Construction Organization HK Jaggi; and other senior officials were present on the occasion.
“At Baraigram station, Aziz Ahmed Khan, MLA of Karimganj (South) alongwith other distinguished guests were present to witness the historic event,” the release said.