AGARTALA, Oct 2 - Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) General Manager RK Gupta reviewed the status of railway projects in Tripura at a high level meeting with railway officials here on Friday.
Gupta, who is on a three-day visit to the State, arrived here today and held the meeting where railway officials briefed him about the BG conversion works and other projects.
After the review meeting, the GM along with Chief Engineer (Construction), NFR Harpal Singh visited Nischintapur, a proposed entry and exit point of Indo-Bangla railway project.
Gupta before leaving the State is scheduled to meet Chief Minister Manik Sarkar to inform him about the progress of railway activities in the State, according to sources.
NFR Chief Engineer Harpal Singh on Thursday met Transport Minister Manik Dey in his office. During the meeting, Singh briefed the Minister about the present status of Mega Block work from Karimganj to Kumarghat, which got underway from September 28.
Singh said a total of 17 teams have been performing BG conversion works at 43 locations of 17 km track from Karimganj to Kumarghat. The BG conversion work will be carried out in two phases.
As per the deadline, BG conversion work upto Agartala station would be completed by March 31, 2016 and the NFR is doing its best to complete the project within the stipulated time.
The Railway Ministry has decided to convert the Metre-Gauge line into Broad Gauge from Lumding to Silchar via Badarpur by March next year. The 227 km Badarpur-Agartala track is expected to get converted into BG by March 31, 2016.
However, the State Government requested them to complete the entire work at the earliest.
An amount of Rs 5,338 crore has been allocated in the current fiscal for development of railway infrastructure in the North East, with initiatives to develop railway infrastructure and connectivity to all State capitals of the region.