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Rail restoration work at flooded sites

PR

Maligaon, August 17, 2017: While the overall flood situation continues to be grim in most part of Bihar and railway track remains breached in many locations, NF Railway has started restoration work in all the locations on war footing.

At Bridge No. 3 located at Km. 7/2-3 between stations Kuretha and Manian in the section Katihar- Kumedpur which was breached at 7.30 am yesterday, NF Railway has been able to mobilize a 45 ft. girder along with a 140 ton crane which has reached site from Eastern Railway. Boulders for restoration have been mobilized from Pakur, Bakudi & Sakrigli. This bridge which is crucial for connectivity from Katihar to Malda is being attended by more than 600 labours working round the clock and it is expected that if flood condition does not deteriorate further the bridge will be restored by tomorrow.

At Bridge No. 133 located between stations Sudhani - Telta of New Jalpaiguri - Malda section which was worst hit with almost 60 m approach being washed away on both up and down line, restoration work has already been started. While DRM/KIR is camping at site, NDRF team from Danapur has also reached the site today.  Work is progressing day and night, and more than 50 wagons of ballast  has been unloaded at site while more than 10 rakes of boulder are on the way to site from various locations of Eastern & N.F.Railway.

At bridge No. MK 8, 9, 11 between stations Kumedpur - Khurial of Malda Town New Jalpaiguri section which have been washed out by flood water from river Mahananda, restoration work is going on in full swing. Senior most officials of Divisions are present at this site to monitor the restoration work.

1140 mt. track has been washed out between Forbeshganj - Jogbani stations in Katihar-Jogbani branch line on 13th August. While track clearance has been given up to Bathnaha, the section from Bathnaha to Jogbani continues to be affected with water level close to track level.

It is to be mentioned that in Alipurduar Division track connection from Fakiragram to Dhubri has been restored from today morning after completion of work at Bridge no. 28. Train connection from Dhubri will be restored and DEMU services will be started from tomorrow. In Lumding Division also the flood affected track between Silghat and Jakhalabandha stations has been attended and restored for movement of traffic at restricted speed.

It is to be mentioned here that entire railway administration is fully mobilized and geared up for meeting the present crisis. Four Track maintainers of Katihar Division namely Shri Dipak Laskar, Shri Biswajit Dutta Gupta, Shri Lankesh and Shri Rupesh Kumar who showed extreme presence of mind and extra ordinary courage to save Bridge No. 132 from wash out by flood water have been awarded by General Manager, N.F.Railway with cash prize. By protecting Bridge no. 132 they have ensured accessibility to Bridge No.133 which is a worst affected site in the railway.

In the meanwhile a medical camp was conducted at Guwahati station for the passengers waiting in the station due to cancellation of train services. N.F.Rly. is running special trains from Guwahati to Dalkhola and From Dibrugarh to Guwahati for clearance of rush caused by cancellation of trains due to unprecedented flood.