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CRS to inspect Agartala-Badarpur broad gauge line

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  15 March 2016 12:00 AM GMT

FROM A CORRESPONDENT

Agartala, March 14: As expected earlier the four member team of the Commissioner for Railway Safely led by the Safety commissioner Sailesh Pathak and deputy Safety Commissioner Rajmal Thoubal is arriving here on March 25 from Pat to inspect the security aspects of the newly constructed broad gauge railway lines between Agartala and Badarpur.

It has been decided that the inspection work will be undertaken in two phases and will continue for six days from March 26. In the first phase the lines between Agartala and Kumarghat and in the second phase the lines between Kumarghat and Badarpur will be undertaken for inspection. Initially it was expected that the line inspection from Agartala to Udaipur also will be undertaken in the same time. But it has been dropped as works could not be completed making it clear that running railway up to Udaipur in April next, as expected earlier, will not be possible.

The commission will inspect all aspects of security like the strength of the bridges and culverts, retaining walls, distance between the line and the hills, possibility of line blocked in case of tural disasters etc. In addition they also will see the effectiveness of the siglling system, telecommunication, electrification, passenger services etc.

Railway sources said that only six months were given to convert the meter gauge line from Badarpur to Agartala to broad gauge and the work was completed before schedule. Goods and ballast trains are already running in this sector successfully. The date for running passenger train will be filized only after getting clearance from CRS.

The Northeast Frontier Railway has geared up its activities to make the inspection success and instruction has been given to complete the remaining work before the CRS team arrives. Sources said the NF Railway people engaged in the work are confident of completing the task within schedule time barring a patch of about 800 metre where the cutting of the hills close to the railway line is getting delayed due to some dispute with the contractor. However, the authority has taken up the matter with the contractors and expecting a suitable settlement.

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