Guwahati: The newly laid double line between New Bongaigaon and Bijni stations was commissioned on Tuesday after the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS), NF circle completed the statutory inspection.
This newly laid second line will be utilized for good and passenger traffic with a maximum speed of 110 km per hour.
The entire length of New Bongaigaon – Agyathuri via the Rangiya doubling project is 142.97 km. The stretch between New Bongaigaon to Bijni is 17.53 km.
The CRS conducted a speed trial at 130 km per hour on this line.
The Indian railway has used modern technologies like robust track structure with the use of all broad base Pre-stressed Concrete (PSC) sleepers and Thick Web Switches which is a new design of sturdier switches on pre-stressed concrete sleepers and can handle higher speeds were used for this double line territory.
The anticipated cost of the whole project is around Rs. 2042 crores.
Since the line has been cleared by the CRS, the movement of trains can be done in both directions without stopping the train which is usually done at stations. It will increase the punctuality of trains and all the trains can be operated with enhanced speed.
Meanwhile, the remaining section from Bijni to Agthori is expected to be completed by December 2023 in phases. In the entire section between New Bongaigaon – Agthori via Rangiya there will be 75 major bridges, 38 minor bridges and 19 new station buildings.
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