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17102017 – 11717-10-2017
N.F.Railway records 36% increase in generation of additional berths

N.F.Railway has accelerated the augmentation of passenger services in the Northeast in a big way. During April to October, 2017 as many as 56 coaches have been added in 28 mail express trains. This has led to the generation of 4078 additional berths. During 2016-17, as many as 26 coaches have been added in 17 trains leading to the creation of 3004 additional berths. Thus in the first seven months of the current Financial Year alone there has been an increase of 36% in the volume of additional berths generated in existing services. With N.F.Railway going all out for addition of coaches the figure is expected to grow higher with progress of current financial year. Notable among the services which have been provided with additional coaches are:

1.4 AC 3 tier and 4 General Class sleeper coaches have been added to Guwahati – Naharlagun Intercity Express.

2.2 sleeper class coaches added to Kamakhya – Murkongselek Intercity Express

3.4 AC 3 tier coaches added in Dibrugarh – Howrah Kamrup Express

4.1 AC 2 tier and 1 AC 3 tier coach added in Guwahati – Puri  and Kamakhya – Puri Express.

5.1 AC 3 tier coach has been added in Dibrugarh – Kaniyakumari Express, Dibrugarh – Chandigarh Express, Dibrugarh – Amritsar Express and Guwahati – Anand Vihar Express.

Addition of coaches has also been done in a number of passenger trains. Manas  Rhino passenger train plying between New Bongaigaon and Guwahati has been provided with 2 additional coaches recently. Two additional coaches have also been added to each of Rangiya – Murkongselek and Rangapara – Rangiya passenger and o­ne coach has been added to Alipurduar Jn – Guwahati Shiphung passenger.

Temporary augmentation of coaches is also done from time to time to cater to rush arising out of holiday seasons, festivals etc. During April to October, 2017, N.F.Railway has temporarily augmented 33 coaches in 16 mail express trains, thereby creating 3661 additional seats. During 2016 – 17 financial year, a total of 22 coaches were temporarily augmented in 15 trains creating 3590 additional berths. 

(Pranav Jyoti Sharma)

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