GUWAHATI, Aug 19 - Although restoration work is going on, many locations in the NF Railway network � like in Kishanganj, Katihar and Araria districts of Bihar � remain breached, and according to railway engineers, full connectivity cannot be restored before August 28.
To alleviate the problems of passengers wanting to leave from the Northeast or come in, and for movement of goods, the Kishanganj station has been made available for loading of goods and essential commodities, railway officials said. Merchants can now place indents for placement of rakes at Kishanganj, which will be able to carry goods to all parts of North Bengal, Assam and rest of the Northeast.
A direct train service has been started between Dalkhola and Dibrugarh, which is in addition to the presently running daily special trains between Dalkhola and Guwahati and Guwahati and Dibrugarh.
At the same time, Raiganj station (on Barsoi-Radhikapur section), which got connected to Katihar and Malda after restoration of bridge No. 3 today, will now have daily service to Malda and Katihar. Direct train service between Katihar and Raiganj will also be started by extending the running of Seemanchal Express from Katihar from August 19.
As the Dalkhola-Raiganj track continues to remain breached, passengers can avail bus service between these two stations, which are located at close vicinity of the four-lane National Highway. Effectively, passengers from the Northeast will be able to travel in or out of the region and North Bengal by availing bus connectivity between Dalkhola and Raiganj. Train connectivity is available in both these stations for onward journeys.