Railways working for conversion of MG to BG in Katihar division

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Kishanganj, Nov 4 (UNI) For the conversion of the Katihar-Jogbani section under Katihar division of North-East Frontier Railways to Broad Guage(BG), work will begin here on January 1 next and be completed by February-end.

Zonal Railways Users Consultative Committee (ZRUCC) member V K Thakur here today said the General Manager(GM) of N F Railways Ashutosh Swami informed this at a meeting of the ZRUCC at Maligaon on Thursday.

Quoting Mr Swami, Mr Thakur said the running of the trains on the BG track between Katihar and Jogbani, which has been a long standing demand of commuters of Purnia, Araria and Katihar districts as well as people from neighbouring Nepal, would in all probability, commence next March.

A team of ZRUCC members from this area on return informed that work on the laying of the 100-km long new rail line between Galgalia and Araria, which would ultimately be an alternative route for Guwahati and New Delhi passengers had already started off with commencement of work on 20 km long stretch from both the ends.

ZRUCC member said the NF Railway authorities informed that a Detailed Project Report(DPR) on another new rail link between Jalalgarh(Purnia) and Kishanganj had already been submitted to the Railway Board which in turn had forwarded the same to the Planning Commission for their green signal.This,too,was revealed by railway top-brass at the same meeting.

The newly-converted BG line between Katihar and Barsoi junctionn, which was completed nearly a month back would be opened to traffic with its formal inauguration by the Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav on November 7 at Barsoi, the members told.

In a recent development, the NF Rlys have drawn an ambitious blue-print for the extension of railway link to the land-locked Nepal and has already mooted the proposal for laying a 15-km long rail route between Jogbani(Bihar) and Biratnagar (Nepal) and another 35-km long from New Jalpaiguri (WB) to Kakrabhita(Nepal) via Panitanki.

The ZRUCC members said that the NF Railway oficials had said that their long-standing demand for renaming Kushiyarganj railway station between Araria and Forbesganj as Renugram after famous novelist and story teller Phaniswar Nath 'Renu'. Only the state authorities have to send a request to them, he informed.

Thakur, quoting the GM, said railways were girding up to set up a sleeper factory at Kishanganj and acquire 55-acre railway plot of land at Tegharia in Kishanganj,and they were now awaiting a nod from the top.

UNI

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