GUWAHATI, April 1 - The Northeast Frontier Railway Construction Organisation is working to enhance railway connectivity in the state and other areas lying within its zone, besides undertaking some major works that have been recently commissioned.
Officials at NFR (Construction) said that the Tetelia-Kamalajari (10 km) section of Tetelia-Byrnihat (21.5 km) new line project has been completed and engine rolling in the stretch was done on March 28.
�Out of the 21.5 km stretch, 19.2 km falls in Assam and 2.3 km falls in Meghalaya. The Tetelia-Kamalajari section has one tunnel of 500-metre length, two major bridges and 24 minor bridges. The section has been planned for commissioning in August this year,� informed an official.
He added, �NFR has commissioned new broadgauge line along 11.50 km on the Gauripur-Alamganj section of New Maynaguri-Jogighopa (288.88 km) new line project in the north bank of the Brahmaputra. After completion of track laying, goods train movement was also tried recently.�
He said that two doubling projects, namely New Coochbehar-Gumanihat (29.32 km) and New Coochbehar-Samuktala Road Junction (29.02 km) were completed after CRS inspection on March 27.
Meanwhile, NFR has decided to immediately increase the speed of trains in two sections under Rangiya Division. The sections are North Lakhimpur-Sripani, a distance of almost 82 km, where the speed will be raised from 80 km per hour to 100 km per hour.
In addition, the speed in the section Sripani-Murkongselek, which is a distance of 74 km, will be raised from 75 km per hour to 100 km per hour.
�Increasing of speed has multifarious benefits. It leads to more efficient utilisation of fixed assets like railway tracks which leads to increase in carrying capacity of the track. This means more trains can ply without increasing track length or incurring further financial investment,� mentioned an official.