Railways moves further up the North-East; Lumding-Silchar 'broad gauge' railway line becomes operational
India is still moving towards boasting a 100 percent rail connectivity.
Railway took another step in that direction with opening of a 210-km long new line in the North- East connecting Lumding to Silchar over a broad guage network.
The region makes its debut on the Railway Map with flagging off a goods train while the Passenger Services will follow soon.
The new line will boost connectivity in the North-Eastern Region and work as Lifeline for Bark Valley in Assam and the States of Tripura, Manipur & Mizoram.
These parts are dependent on this line for supply of food grains, fertilisers and petroleum products among other goods.
- Lumding-Silchar section is Phase-1 of the two phase broad gauge line project in this area.
- Phase-I provides seamless Broad Guage connectivity to Barak Valley of Assam with the rest of the country.
- This Rs 3500 Crore national project is not short of an engneering marvel overcoming difficult hilly terrain, geologially unstable hills and difficult law & order challenges to get through.
- It passes through 21 tunnels and have 75 major bridges and 340 minor bridges along the track.
- The project - sanctioned in 1996-97 - was declared a National Project in 2004.
- The completion of Phase - II (likely by March, 2016) will put states of Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura on Broad Gauge Railway Map as well.
- The phase-II consists of gauge conversion of three sections namely; Badarpur – Kumarghat, Baraigram - Dullabcherra and Silchar-Jiribam.