Guwahati, July 3: Railway connectivity towards NE gets a boost. CRS (Commissioner of Railway Safety) has accorded sanction for the 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 busiest route of N.F. The railway connecting Guwahati to the rest of India.
In both these sections, double lines have been commissioned along with Railway Electrification. Completion of these doubling sections will help the operation of more freight traffic to & from the Northeast region.
The entire work is completed during the Covid pandemic situation by observing necessary safety protocols by the NE Frontier Railway.
An official of N.F. Railway said that Jalpaipuri Road – Y Leg section was the only supercritical work left to be completed in N.F. Railway.
“This section has an important bridge of 970 mt lengths (20 spans) on the river Teesta. This section was 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 an alternate route between New Jalpaiguri and New Coochbehar. Betgara – Kolaigram section is a part of the New Mainaguri – Gumanihat doubling project which is a critical work of N.F. Railway,” the official said.
He further said that this doubling being on the busiest route of N.F. Railway gives a lot of advantages in increasing the line capacity of this section. A permanent speed restriction of 90 km per hour had also been removed in the process of this doubling.
A three-lane road over a bridge of 60 m span with bowstring girders has been constructed on National Highway 31-D which is the first on this Railway.
It is expected that with the completion of these two critical sections, trains to and from Northeast will be able to move at a much faster speed and thereby benefitting the travelling public.