Railway connectivity towards NE gets a boost: Double line commissioned

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Guwahati: The CRS (Commissioner of Railway Safety) has accorded sanction for opening of Jalpaipuri Road – Y Leg section (one block section of 5 Km) and Betgara – Kolaigram section (23 Km in 3 block sections) double line falling on the Rajdhani route and the most engaged route of NF Railway connecting Guwahati to rest of India.

In both these sections, double line have been commissioned together with Railway Electrification. Completion of these doubling sections will help operation of more freight traffic to and from northeast region. All of the work is completed throughout the Covid pandemic situation by observing essential safety protocols by the NFR.

Jalpaiguri Road – Y Leg section used to be the only super critical work left to be completed in NFR. This section has crucial bridge of 970 mt length (20 spans) on the river Teesta. This section used to be a bottleneck as double lines on either side of this block section already existed. Doubling on either side of Y Leg is important as this junction provides alternate route between New Jalpaiguri and New Coochbehar.

Betgara – Kolaigram section is part of New Mainaguri – Gumanihat doubling project which is a critical work of NF Railway.

This doubling being on the busiest route of N.F. Railway, gives lot of virtue in increasing the line capacity of this section. A permanent speed restriction of 90 Kmph had also been removed in the process of this doubling.

A three lane Road over bridge of 60 m span with bow string girders has been constructed on National Highway 31-D which is a first on this Railway.

It is expected that with the completion of these two critical sections, trains to and from northeast will be capable of move at a much faster speed and thereby benefitting travelling public.

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The Bodoland/ Assam / India / International

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