GUWAHATI, May 12 � Achieving a major engineering feat, the Construction Organisation of Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has successfully completed work on Tunnel No 12 in the Lumding-Silchar gauge conversion section.
The length of the tunnel is 590 metres and is situated between chainage 113094 metre and 113684 metre on the Jatinga-Lumpur-Harangajao section.
�This D-shaped tunnel is 5.20 metre in width in straight alignment and 5.53 metre in curved alignment,� NFR (Construction) Senior PRO DC Borah said in a statement issued here.
The work on this tunnel was started in 2006, but due to several geological problems the work did not progress well initially.
�However, during 2012-14 the work on the remaining portion of the tunnel could progress well and now it has been opened. The balance work of tunnel, i.e., benching, lining and invert will be completed by July this year and the tunnel will be available for track linking by August,� he said.
This is one of the 17 tunnels in the entire alignment of Lumding-Silchar gauge conversion project. The longest and most difficult tunnel in the section is Tunnel No 10 at Haflong, which is 3,235 metre in length and work on it is progressing.
�Other work like land acquisition, earth filling, construction of major and minor bridges, road over bridge, road under bridge, station buildings, etc. are going on satisfactorily. Track linking is also in progress. The current overall progress of work is 80 per cent,� Borah said.
Meanwhile, the week-long Electrical Safety Week organised by the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) in the Tinsukia division which started on May 5, concluded today.
During this week-long event, various issues related to electrical safety were discussed amongst the railway staff to create awareness regarding the subject, said a press statement from S Hajong, Additional Divisional Railway Manager, NFR, Tinsukia.
�Electricity is safe if we use it safely. Otherwise it may take away the life from anyone who mishandles it,� he said.
Various posters with safety slogans were printed and displayed at prominent locations of the division as a part of the event.
An awareness programme was held at the DRM office complex in Tinsukia on May 8 where officers and staff participated. Aneet Dulat, DRM, Tinsukia, elaborated on the week-long safety programme and requested all to be safety conscious.
On the occasion, electrical safety leaflets were published by the Electrical Department and distributed among the staff and officers present.