DOOMDOOMA, Dec 4 - The Northeast Frontier Railway will introduce the Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) rail service from the first half of January, 2016 in the Makum-Dangari section of the historic Dibru-Sadiya Railway Line, the first railway line in the State which was set up by the Assam Railway & Trading Company in 1889.
The above was recently informed by Anit Dulat, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) of Tinsukia Railway Division to a four-member delegation of the Makum-Saikhowa (Sadiya) Railpath Surakhya Samiti (MSRSS) led by its president Buddha Deori and secretary Dhiren Deka.
The MSRSS delegation met the DRM at his office and submitted a memorandum. Deka later informed mediapersons here that there would be six passenger bogies with two sophisticated engines on both ends in the proposed DMU train.
To start this new railway transport system in this part of the country, the required infrastructure is being constructed in the Coaching Yard of Old Tinsukia Railway Junction, the DRM informed the MSRSS delegation.
He also assured the delegation that the Doomdooma Railway Station would be reopened soon and passenger reservation system would also be introduced. He further mentioned about taking adequate steps for eviction of illegal encroachers at Borhapjan, Hanhsora, Doomdooma and Rupai Siding, besides adopting measures to protect the Railway properties at Talap.
The MSRSS in its memorandum demanded shifting of the Talap Railway Station from its present site to Talap Bazaar area for the greater convenience of the passengers. The delegation also urged the DRM to make necessary arrangements for notifying a scheduled halt of the Tinsukia-Dangari passenger train at Talap Bazaar. It also sought extension of the railway line from Dangari to Saikhowa (5.683 km), which was sanctioned in the 2012 Rail Budget.
The DRM assured the delegation of apprising the higher authorities about the demands.
It may be mentioned here that the Makum-Dangari section was converted into broadgauge in 2002. Since then, only one passenger train has been plying between Tinsukia and Dangari once a day, except on Sundays.