Train service to northeast resumes

Trains will run on a single track in the Sudhani-Telta section, till the Down line is also certified as fit.

Maligaon (Guwahati) August 29 (MExN): The goods train to northeast resumed services today with the safe passage of train between Sudhani and Telta station, an Northeast Frontier Railways official informed today. However, movement of passenger trains will resume only on September 3, an official said.

The overall flood situation in Assam improved on Tuesday though a fresh death was reported in Morigaon district, taking the toll in the third wave of flood to 74. The first goods train which left Sudhani station at 13:50 p.m.to arrive Telta at 14:25 p.m. passed over that section safely and the track has been certified fit but the maximum speed of stop dead is 10 KMPH.

Tripura Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister Bhanulal Saha said they were in touch with the NFR to ferry goods to Tripura from other parts of the country.

Railway connectivity remain suspended for almost three weeks as due to large scale damage of track in many locations. With normal movement of goods trains, flow of incoming of essential commodities in the northeast region would be restored. So services in Bihar and West Bengal falling under Katihar and Alipurduar divisions of NFR had to be suspended.

Sharma said that NFR has suffered commercial loss to the tune of Rs 74.04 crore in the period from August 13 to August 28.

This is apart from the amount which has been refunded to passenger. More than 821 number of mail trains, 484 passenger trains has been suspended. The losses to other departments like Engineering, Signal & Telecommunication etc., are being assessed.

“Though it has not been estimated yet, but the NFR might have suffered another Rs 500-600 crore loss because of damage to railway assets, including bridges, culverts, tracks and communication network”, he said.

During the last 16 days 4,02,653 PRS berths and 11,27,277 non-PRS berths have been affected due to cancellations.

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