Sunday, August 14, 2022

Dimapur-Zubza railway line to be ready by March 2026

Dimapur-Tizit rail line approved, survey for new rail line between Furkating-Baghty Valley completed

Construction of 82.50-km new broad gauge railway line from Dimapur to Kohima (Zubza) was going on in full swing and was expected to be ready by March 2026, while sanction had been granted to the proposed Dimapur-Tizit railway line.
Further, survey for a new line between Furkating-Baghty Valley (24.10 km in Nagaland and 23.30 km in Assam) has also been completed.
Mentioning this, Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) chief public relations officer (CPRO) Sabyasachi De in a press release said the new railway line would bring Nagaland’s capital city on the broad-gauge railway map of the country.
He mentioned that the new railway line project was being executed at an anticipated cost of Rs 6,648 crore and included eight new stations, 22 major bridges, 165 minor bridges, 35 road overbridges/road under bridges and 31-km tunnel.
Meanwhile, the 257-km new railway line project from Dimapur to Tizit at an estimated cost of Rs 4,274 crore had been sanctioned, while survey for a new line at a stretch of 47.40 km between Furkating-Baghty Valley (24.10 km in Nagaland and 23.30 km in Assam) had been completed.
De said the new rail connectivity would make goods transportation easier and would largely help in boosting the economy of Nagaland. Claiming that Indian Railways had taken up a number of projects for infrastructure development at Dimapur during 2014-22, the CPRO said the railway system had been made passenger-friendly by providing toilets and ramps for divyangjans (differently-abled) at Dimapur railway station.
He mentioned that new premium AC waiting hall had been added at Dimapur station with modern amenities, while platform and circulating area of the station had been developed with better infrastructural facilities. Water vending machine and airport type pay and use toilets had been provided too at the Station.
Apart from these, he asserted that NFR had been on the forefront of implementing green initiatives with 100% LED lights in the stations in Nagaland. Bottle crusher machines had also been provided at Dimapur station, he added.
In sync with Digital India initiative and information technology-oriented passenger applications, he said Passenger Reservation System (PRS) and Unreserved Ticketing System (UTS) had also been provided in Nagaland, while passenger baggage screening system, coach indication display system and Integrated Passenger Information System had been provided. Digital Museum and free high-speed wi-fi had also been provided at Dimapur station, which had also been selected for redevelopment. Under this, the station would be redesigned with modern state of art facilities, modern passenger amenities and enhanced passenger interface.
De claimed that during the period 2014-22, NFR had added several new amenities at the stations and trains from Nagaland, adding that different important infrastructural and long-pending works were completed during the Covid-induced lockdown. He recalled that eight Shramik Special trains ran carrying migrant workers to their native State.
Also, the goods shed at Dimapur had been revamped with improved facilities and opened for outer stone chips, while 740 freight trains arrived in Nagaland with essential commodities between 2014 and 2022.
The CPRO claimed that Nagaland held an important position in the development of the Northeast, adding that Indian Railways’ efforts in transforming the State through transportation would lead to the region’s holistic development.


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