Guwahati: On Thursday morning, Assam received its first-ever electric train at Kamakhya station after completion of the railway electrification in the state.
Previously, the electric locomotive in trains that were arriving from Katihar and Malda would be detached at New Coochbehar station and diesel locomotives were attached as the railway electrification works had not been completed in Assam.
The electric trains can now directly arrive at Kamakhya station as the rail electrification and commissioning of the section has been completed.
The authorization of the railway electrification up to the Kamakhya station was granted by CRS/N.F. Circle who had inspected the same from October 7 to 9. After completing the inspection and authorization process, the circle opened up the section from New Coochbehar to Kamakhya for operation.
The joint efforts of the Central Organisation for Railway Electrification and Rail Vikas Nigam Limited had carried out the electrification works, completing a total of 780 Route KM/1701 Track KM.
The Northeast Frontier Railway stated, "As such, there will be direct connectivity from New Delhi to Kamakhya on Electric Traction without change of locomotive en route."
The electric traction will be beneficial in many factors such as faster trains with higher speed potential that are time and energy saving, increased energy efficiency with a higher power to weight ratio, cost-effectiveness and more.