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Jan 14 2015 (17:56) BG works at Lumding-Badarpur progressing (
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News Entry# 209057   
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BADARPUR, Jan 13 – The Broad Gauge (BG) track conversion works at the Lumding-Badarpur hill section to Silchar, and at the Badarpur sector, are progressing on a war footing, and at this stage, the progress has been satisfactory, said the NF Rly Construction Department (NFRC) in a recent press statement.
The NFRC Department also exuded the confidence that seeing the progress of the works, it may be safely predicted that passenger trains would run from April next as the time for the completion of the BG works has been fixed on March 31, 2015. Sources said that 102 locations of broad gauge connection have already been completed. At present, at the Lumding-Badarpur hill section to Silchar, the track connection is going on
in full swing. Earth filling of the major portions along this route has also been completed, informed NF Railway sources. Major portions of various works like land acquisition, earth filling, construction of major and minor bridges, road overbridges and road underbridges, station buildings, station platforms, etc., have been completed except some finishing touches.
Sources at the Silchar office of the NF Railway Construction Department told this correspondent that the overall progress of work on the route is quite satisfactory. The construction works of all 17 tunnels in the Lumding-Badarpur hill Section have been completed. Only some problems remain in Tunnel No. 10 and No. 12, which are sought to be resolved by utilising modern machinery and different materials. The work on the railway yard in Silchar and Badarpur has not yet been completed.
In reply to a question from this correspondent, some engineers of the NF Railway Construction Department said that in the BG conversion works, there are some geological problems in the hill section. “But to remove these problems, high-level officials, experts, engineers and employees are trying their level best, applying all sorts of possible steps and by utilising the latest machinery,” they said. The total length of the BG project from Lumding Badarpur hill section to Silchar is 210 km, and the total number of tunnels stands at 17. This national project has a total of 79 major bridges (substructure), and 79 major bridges (super structure), 340 minor bridges, 28 railway stations and four halt stations. Among the 28 railway stations, Lumding, Haflong, Silchar and Badarpur railway stations have been identified as the most important railway stations.
The Badarpur Railway Station building has been constructed with a totally new design. This new station building will be connected with a new road instead of the old Station Road, whose construction is still going on near the Deorail village. This road will be known as the New Station Road of Badarpur, which will be connected with the Badarpur Old Station Road near the Badarpur Hanuman Mandir.
Regarding the setting up of the railway foot overbridge at Badarpur, the department said that the exact location of the foot overbridge or a flyover would be surveyed. After getting the survey report, the authorities will construct the overbridge and if it is done, many shops and buildings will have to be demolished or evicted as per rules and procedure.
It may be stated here that a few days ago, the State BJP vice president as well as ex-MLA of Karimganj, Mission Ranjan Das submitted a memorandum and a map to the Chief Engineer, PK Das, of the Silchar Railway Construction Department regarding the construction of a flyover from the Hanuman Mandir Point to Swahid Bedi, construction of a new station road, postponement of the ongoing construction works of the New Station Road at Badarpur Shyamaprasad Palli. A Railway survey team went to inspect the old approach road for survey recently, but the team could not do its work as the local people and businessmen thwarted their efforts, opposing the construction of a new station road on the old approach road.
There will be three large platforms at the Badarpur Railway Station, where five trains can en
Jan 13 2015 (16:35) Rangiya-Murkongselek line nearing completion (
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News Entry# 208919   
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Jan 13 2015 (4:38PM)
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Jan 13 2015 (4:38PM)
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Jan 13 2015 (4:38PM)
Train Tag: Arunachal MG Express/15813 added by ER Biplob Kagyung/311087

Jan 13 2015 (4:35PM)
Station Tag: Murkeongselek/MZS added by ER Biplob Kagyung/311087

Jan 13 2015 (4:35PM)
Station Tag: Rangiya Junction/RNY added by ER Biplob Kagyung/311087

Jan 13 2015 (4:35PM)
Station Tag: Guwahati/GHY added by ER Biplob Kagyung/311087

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GUWAHATI, Jan 12 – The Railways is expecting to complete work on the gauge conversion project in the entire 511.8-km Rangiya-Murkongselek section within this financial year.
Senior Indian Railways officials told The Assam Tribune that work on the final stretch between North Lakhimpur to Murkongselek is at its final stages and once it is complete, the entire stretch would be opened for goods and passenger services within a short time.
“The 154-km stretch between North Lakhimpur and Murkongselek is the last phase of the Rangiya-Murkongselek gauge conversion project. Work is at its last
stages and the entire line would be ready by March,” an official told this newspaper.
The Indian Railways had earlier opened the Rangiya-Rangapara-Harmuti section for passenger service as well as the finger line between Rangapara and Dekargaon.
“Last month, the stretch between Harmuti and North Lakhimpur also received the go ahead for passenger service from the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) and service in that stretch is expected soon,” said the official.
Work on the section is being carried out by the Northeast Frontier Railway Construction Organisation.
The 154-km stretch between North Lakhimpur and Murkongselek has 68 major bridges, 51 minor bridges, one road overbridge (ROB), four road underbridges (RUB) and 12 stations.
In the entire section between Rangiya and Murkongselek, there are 662 major bridges, 210 minor bridges, ten ROBs, eight RUBs and 39 stations.
In addition, NFR(C) has also conducted engine rolling in the finger line between Balipara and Bhalukpong (34.47 km). There are ten major bridges, 101 minor bridges, one ROB, one RUB and one station in that finger line.
Jan 09 2015 (21:54) Platform height to be raised (
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News Entry# 208233   
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Jan 09 2015 (9:54PM)
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NAGAON, Jan 8 – A number of organisations in Nagaon have constantly demanded the raising of the height of the platform at the Nagaon Railway Station according to BG norms. Now the Railway authorities have decided to undertake the project and most of the credit goes to the Nagaon Senior Citizens’ Association.
On January 2, a delegation of the association comprising its vice president Bhupendra Chandra Das, general secretary Sarat Sharma, finance secretary Prabhat Goswami and member JN Khound met the NF Railway General Manager Ranjit Singh Virdi at the Railway HQ, Maligaon, and submitted a memorandum in this respect. As follow-up action on this memorandum, DGM N Kumar visited the Nagaon Railway Station on January 6 with technical experts. Now the
Railway authorities are going to raise the height of the platform as per BG norms for the convenience of elderly persons, women and children.
Besides senior citizens, a large number of local people were present at the Railway station to meet the DGM, Lumding. They demanded the construction of sheds, waiting rooms with toilets, drinking water, adequate lights and a proper public address system at the Nagaon Railway Station.
During its visit to Maligaon, the senior citizens’ association also met the Chief Personnel Officer of the NF Railway, Chandrajit Saikia, and the general secretary of the NF Railway Employees’ Union, Munindra Saikia.
Jan 08 2015 (10:30) NFR non-responsive to RTI applications (
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News Entry# 208109   
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Jan 08 2015 (10:30AM)
Station Tag: Murkeongselek/MZS added by ER Biplob Kagyung/311087

Jan 08 2015 (10:30AM)
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NORTH LAKHIMPUR, Jan 7 – The Northeast Frontier Railway is accused of not responding to RTI applications filed by the public here. This was stated by Anuar Ali, an RTI activist of the town. Ali had filed two separate RTI applications to the Chief Engineer, Construction-5, NF Railway on November 8 and December 15 last year seeking information about the construction work of gauge conversion from North Lakhimpur to Lilabari on the North Lakhimpur-Murkongchelek route where many irregularities were alleged. However, the NF Railway has not responded to his application yet.
The RTI activist has alleged that the construction companies engaged in gauge conversion works on this portion have completed the works without fulfilling the standards and minutes of the railway authority.
Dec 24 2014 (09:18) Dedicated freight corridor for Northeast urged (
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News Entry# 206155   
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Dec 24 2014 (9:18AM)
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GUWAHATI, Dec 22 – Experts and civil society organisations have pleaded for a dedicated freight corridor for the NE region for maintaining the regular flow of its products to destinations outside the region and regular inflow of the essential commodities etc. The region needs to send its products like tea, cement, paper, fruits, forest products etc, while it requires essential commodities, finished industrial products and raw materials for its industries.
According to a press release, the experts and civil society organisations were making presentations at the technical session of a symposium on rail connectivity in India’s North East convened by the Senior Engineers’ Forum of Greater Guwahati, on December 20. They observed that such a network would also promote tourism in North
East India, a long cherished dream of the Prime Minister of the country.
They referred to the fact that the Union Railway Minister had earmarked an amount of Rs 5,116 crore for the completion of the ongoing projects in the NE region.
They also pointed to the fact that the Prime Minister during his latest visit to the NE region declared an amount of Rs 28,000 crore for the development of the vital railway infrastructure in the region. He urged the States to remove all the hurdles like delay in handing over land, forest clearance, providing security cover, and making state roads and highways worthy for transportation of the necessary construction materials and machinery.
The participants of the symposium were of the view that without the active involvement of the states of the region, it would perhaps not be possible to utilize the above amounts for developing a proper railway network in the region.
They also expressed dismay over the news that only nine MPs from the region attended a meeting convened by the Union Railway Minister to discuss such issues. The Senior Engineers’ Forum has urged the MPs of the region to be active to meet the aspiration of the region’s people and to monitor the implementation of the developmental projects in the region.
The technical session was chaired by KG Deb Krori and in it AC Das, Ajit Pandit, JN Khatainyar, Bhaskar Dutta andMantu Bora (all engineers), among others, presented papers.
Earlier, General Manager of the NF Railway delivered the keynote address in the function. He spoke on the projects undertaken by the Railways in the region. The projected date for completion of the project to connect the capitals of the NE states with a railway network has been fixed to be 2020, he said.
Engineer Colonel (Retd) Manoranjan Goswami welcomed the guests and participants of the function, the press release said.
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