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N. F. Railway Celebrates 77th Independence Day

Northeast Frontier Railway & Northeast Frontier Railway (Construction organization) celebrated the 77th Independence Day of the Nation in befitting manner. The central programme was held at the NFRSA complex at Maligaon, where Shri Chetan Kumar Shrivastava, General Manager of N.F. Railway hoisted the National Flag in presence of a large gathering of railwaymen and their family members. He also inspected an impressive Guard of Honour given by the RPF contingents, Territorial Army, Civil Defence, Bharat Scouts & Guides and School children. The Independence Day was also celebrated in all the five Divisions of N.F. Railway viz. Tinsukia, Lumding, Rangiya, Alipurduar and Katihar, where the Divisional Railway Managers hoisted the National Flag in presence of Divisional railway officials.

In his speech the General Manager/NFR specially mentioned about the recently launched Amrit Bharat Station Scheme where 91 stations under NFR have been identified for redevelopment. The General Manager mentioned about introduction of several Mail/Express and passenger trains including the first Vande Bharat Express of Assam connecting Guwahati to New Jalpaiguri. The General Manager also mentioned about the international connectivity of cargo train from Bathnaha (India) to Nepal Customs Yard (Nepal). For improvement of safety, 15 level crossing gates were eliminated and 33 Road Under Bridge and 8 Road Over Bridge constructed in last seven months. Rail Renewal of 207 Km and Sleeper Renewal of 86 Km was also completed during the period. To prevent train elephant collision, 114 km of elephant corridor in NFR had already been covered under Intrusion Detection System. General Manager also mentioned that NFR achieved zero Signal Passed at Danger (SPAD) incidents during this year.

Shri Sunil Kumar Jha, General Manager/N.F. Railway (Construction) hoisted the Tri-colour at the Construction HQ office at Maligaon and addressed the officials present o­n the occasion. Various cultural programs, quiz competition and sports activities by children were performed. Tree plantation was also done and a staff canteen was opened. In his speech, General Manager (Construction) appreciated the progress of the o­ngoing projects which include 19 new lines, 6 Doubling and 3 Railway Electrification projects. o­nce these projects are completed, 1309.38 Km of new railway lines and 781.77 Km of double Lines, 913 Km of electrified route will be added in the Indian Railway’s map. He further said that, International connectivity projects with Bangladesh and Nepal are going o­n. Two PET surveys are completed for Kokrajhar - Gelephu and Mujnai - Neopulling routes for connectivity with Bhutan.

Later o­n, fruits and various other essential items of use were distributed amongst patients admitted in the N.F. Railway Central Hospital, Maligaon by the General Manager/NFRand members of the N. F. Railway Women’s Welfare Organisation.

(Sabyasachi De)

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