GUWAHATI, Aug 30 - The Maligaon-headquartered Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has undertaken various infrastructure development projects to improve the average speed and punctuality of both passenger and freight trains.
As most of the NFR is still predominantly a single line section, this affects the average speed and punctuality of trains.
The smooth running of freight trains is vital for maintaining the supply of essential and other commodities to all the Northeastern States which are landlocked. In view of this, NFR is working towards reducing the constraints in train movement and works are on at various locations in this regard.
The major ongoing works include construction of a new bridge over the Teesta river near Jalpaiguri in West Bengal along with laying of a new double line track of about 5.71 km, which is expected to be completed by January 2021.
Track-laying and other works between Betgara to Gumanihat stations (46.34 km) in West Bengal is also part of the new double line work that is expected to be completed by March 2021. Once completed, the entire portion from New Bongaigaon to New Jalpaiguri will have two railway tracks to operate trains.
Work has also begun on the new BG line from New Bongaigaon to Kamakhya via Rangiya (142 km) in Assam and it is also expected to be completed by March, 2023. Work for the second BG line in New Bongaigaon - Goalpara Town - Kamakhya (176 km) section in Assam is also progressing and targeted to be completed by March, 2023.
Between Digaru and Hojai stations in Assam, construction of a new double line (102 km) is in progress and it is expected to be over by May, 2021. Once completed, the capacity of train movement in Guwahati - Lumding section will increase substantially.
Construction of a new line connecting Gauripur to Abhyapuri as an alternative route bypassing New Bongaigaon (86.44 Km) in Assam is also going on in full swing and expected to be completed by February, 2021.
All these above works are expected to reduce the existing constraints which affect the punctuality and average speed of trains in areas within NFR�s jurisdiction to a substantial extent. NFR will be in a position to handle more trains and economic activity within its service area.