The Chairman of Railway Board Vinod Kumar Yadav came to Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) Headquarters on a day-long visit on February 24 and immediately embarked on a review inspection of Guwahati Railway Station, an official statement informed.
Yadav took stock of the recently carried out and ongoing developmental works in the station for upgrading passenger amenities and reviewed the performance of Lumding Division under whose jurisdiction the Guwahati Railway Station falls.
Yadav also inspected the waiting halls for passengers, the concourse area of the station and the recently introduced Quick Watering System for passenger train, it added. The Quick Watering System has been developed for filling water in passenger trains in a very short time so that a complete train can be provided water without causing any delay in running schedule.
The Chairman also reviewed various schemes and efforts taken by Lumding division for increasing its Non-Fare Revenue (NFR) and lauded its efforts. Lumding Division has recently introduced a Video Wall system where various information useful for passengers can be displayed and the systems have now been offered to advertisers for generating Non-Fare Revenue.
In addition, some areas in the ticket counter, concourse and elsewhere in the station have also been offered for placing commercial advertisement to augment railway’s earnings. Yadav, while appreciating the efforts, also called for continuing all such attempts to increase railway’s earnings.
He also inaugurated the renovated and upgraded Running Room at Guwahati railway station which is used by train operating staff including drivers and guards for rest and recreation.
The Railway Board Chairman also inspected the Barracks of Railway Protection Force and also joined at a performance review meeting attended by senior officials of NFR and its Construction Organization led by the General Manager Sanjive Roy at the Maligaon Headquarters.
He was apprised of the progress of various construction projects and other works related to enhancing safety and passenger amenities and the Chairman also advised to plan a strategy for increasing freight revenue by enticing more traffic from road to rail and stressed on increasing cleanliness in trains to make them commensurate with cleanliness in stations.
Yadav also called upon the officers present to ensure proper maintenance of all assets like engines, coaches, wagons, signal & telecommunication equipments and track so that optimum utilization of the assets can be achieved.
He also stressed on proper planning in electrification projects and construction of new lines so that available assets can be put into maximum use, added the statement issued by NFR Chief Public Relations Officer Subhanan Chanda.
Railway Board chairman inspects construction of 52 km BG rail line
Railway Board chairman VK Yadav carried out an inspection of the ongoing construction of the 52 km Bairang-Sairang broad gauge railway line in Mizoram on Sunday (23rd February 2020).
The railway line, which is scheduled to be completed by 2022, will comprise of 32 tunnels that will be 12.6 km long.
Moreover, the railway line will pass through 142 bridges including a 102 metre high pier bridge. Ten ROBs/RUBs (Road Over Bridge/Road Under Bridge) will also be constructed along the 52 km railway line.
The construction of the railway line, which began in 2015, will boost connectivity in remote areas of Mizoram. The cost of the railway construction is Rs 5021.45 crore.
CRB Inspects progress of Jiribam-Imphal rail line project
Meanwhile, Railway Board Chairman also inspected the progress of the upcoming 110-km long Jiribam-Imphal railway line project. The crucial infrastructure project will provide railway connectivity to Imphal, the capital of Manipur and boost the state’s economy. According to details shared by the Railway Ministry, the rail line project is being developed at a cost of Rs 12,524 crore and it is targeted for completion in March 2022. The rail line includes 62 km of tunnels and as many as 139 bridges!
A few days ago, it was reported that the last Open Web Girder of Bridge Number 44 was launched successfully on 14 February 2020, which is the first-ever over 100 metres tall Pier Bridge of Jiribam-Imphal new line on Indian Railways network. The rail line will connect the state of Manipur to the rest of the country through the Indian Railways network. The rail line, which has been declared as a national project was taken up in 2008.
A part of the Jiribam-Imphal railway line, bridge number 164 of the project will be the tallest girder railway bridge of the Indian Railways network. The girder bridge twill have a pier height almost twice as high as Qutub Minar- 141 metres. Also, three IITs of the country – Roorkee, Guwahati, and Kanpur are associated with the Jiribam-Imphal rail line project in terms of technical support and proof-checking of designs to make the bridge sustainable as well as cost-efficient.