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NFR started restoration work on the land slide affected areas

NFR started restoration work o­n the land slide affected areas

Maligaon, 17th May, 2022:

The massive land slide in more than 50 locations spreading all over the Lumding – Badarpur hill section has completely disrupted the rail communication of the hilly states like Tripura, Manipur, Mizoram and South Assam with rest of the country since last Saturday. Nearly 2400 stranded railway passengers were rescued under challenging circumstances overcoming all odds from New Haflong and Ditokcherra. Cooperation from District authorities, NGOs, Assam Rifles and Indian Air Force helped tremendously in this demanding and challenging situation. Due to the multi-agency co-operation humanity could be saved from the fury of Mother Nature.

Now with the evacuation process being over, N.F. Railway is targeting speedy restoration work in the entire section. N.F. Railway authorities are in touch with different organisations in this regard. But continuous inclement weather coupled with the difficult terrain is affecting the restoration work. Actual assessment of damage can be ascertained o­nly after the water level recedes. The restoration work will need huge quantity of materials, manpower and machines. Movement of heavy machineries and materials is very difficult due to frequent breaches in portions connecting road with railway lines owing to the landslides.

However, N.F. Railway is trying to speed up the restoration work by arranging materials from various sources including far-flung areas. o­nce the weather becomes conducive the restoration work is expected to gain momentum. Restoration works in nearly 12 locations have already been completed.

(Sabyasachi De)

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