At least 50 per cent of the total 6242 kilometre of railway track in Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) will be electrified by March next year.
NFR stated that railway electrification work in NFR has been accelerated during last two years and it is expected that by March next year, more than 50% of the total 6242 kilometres of the railway tracks under NFR will be electrified.
Chief public relations officer of NFR, P J Sharma, stated, “While a total of 534 kilometres of railway lines has already been electrified, additional 2631 kilometres of railway line will be electrified by March 2020. The process of electrification of the rest 3077 kms is also progressing a fast pace.”
A total of 219 kms of railway line falling under Katihar Division of NFR was electrified in 2017-18. The work had been accelerated and a total of 315 kms of railway line has been electrified during the next year (2018-19), which include Malda Court – Singhbad (21.68 kms), Katihar – Mukuria & Kumedpur-Mukuria (102.16 kms) and Mukuria – Gunjaria (191.38 kms) sections.
He added, “Electrification of 1085 kms of railway track including the Raninagar – Jalpaiguri – New Bongaigaon – Rangiya – Guwahati section is targeted to be completed by December 2019”.
The CPRO said presently, 21 pairs of passenger trains and 14 goods train running on electric traction originate from NFR and go out towards other zones. This figure is expected to increase as more and more sections get commissioned. Once the entire section from Katihar to New Jalpaiguri is electrified (which is expected to be completed by July 2019), the change of engines from electric to diesel will take place at New Jalpaiguri.
Work of preparation of Detailed Project report (DPR) is also in progress for sections where electrification has been sanctioned during 2018-19. These include Rangiya – Rangapara – Harmuti – Naharlagun (339 km), Harmuti – Murkongselek (230 km), Badarpur – Silchar section together with Arunachal – Jiribam & Katakhal – Bhairabi section, Badarpur – Karimganj – Agartala – Sabroom section together with Agartala – Akhaura & Karimganj – Mahishashan section (total 590km) and Mariani – Jorhat Town – Furkating and Tinsukia Jn – Makum Jn – Tirap together with Makum – Dangri section (174 kms).