DIMAPUR: On a welcoming note, North East Frontier Railway (NFR) carried out its first-ever trial run of the train engine along the Dhansiri-Shukovi (Dimapur-Zubza) railway track. In a tweet, PHE Minister Jacob Zhimomi welcomed the development, saying ''The first train arrived in Dhansiripar railway station from Dhansiri, Assam (February 16, 2021) at 3 p.m. Dimapur district. Welcome to Nagaland!''
Meanwhile, officials at NFR clarified that it was only routine testing on the under-construction Dimapur-Zubza rail line. It is to be mentioned that the NF Railway has completed linking the railway track ahead of Dhansiripar station, however, the department is planning to finish the railway linkage till Shoxuvi station in March 2021. According to reports, the rail segment would run an estimated 50 km on the hill segment while on the plains- Dhansiri station (Karbi Anglong) to Shoxuvi it is said to runs an estimated 30 km.
In the other news, the NFR has decided to resume normal passenger train operations from February 22. As per a press release, train operating from between Assam's Dhubri to Bengal's Siliguri will commence from February 22. One pair of DEMU Special trains will run daily between Dhubri to Siliguri Jn. while another Mail Express will be run tri-weekly between the Bengal's Alipurdwar Jn to Assam's Silighat Jn.via Dhubri, Fakiragram, New Bongaigaon, Goalpara and Guwahati.
The Siliguri-Dhubri DEMU special will leave Siliguri Jn. daily at 5 in the morning and will arrive at Dhubri at 12 noon while the same DEMU Special will be back and leave Dhubri daily at 12.15 pm and reached Siliguri Jn at 9.55 pm. The other train bearing No 05417 will leave from Alipurduar Jn. at 5 pm on every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday and will arrive at Dhubri at 7.45 pm and will leave Dhubri at 08.10 PM and reached Guwahati at 4.30 am on next day and finally will arrive Silghat Jn at 9 am.
While the train no 05418 will leave Silghat Jn at 05.40 in the evening every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday and will arrive at Guwahati at 22.08 PM and will leave Guwahati at 22.28 PM. This train will arrive at Dhubri at 4.25 AM on the next day and finally arrived at Alipurduar Jn at 7.45 AM. The tri-weekly train running from Alipurduar Jn to Silghat Jn and vice-versa will have the commercial stoppages at New Coochbehar, Tufanganj, Dhubri, Gauripur, Golakganj Jn., Fakiragram Jn., New Bongaigaon, Kamakhya, Guwahati, Jagiroad, Chaparmukh Jn., Nagaon, Jakhalabandha. (Agencies)
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