भागलपुर Bhagalpur (BGP): Indian Railways hopes to complete the Bhagalpur-Dumka rail project, connecting Bhagalpur with Jharkhand’s second capital, in 2015.
The 130.2km Bhagalpur-Dumka-Rampurhat railway project, sanctioned during former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s tenure, was stopped for some time but work resumed recently.
The project is an extension of the Bhagalpur-Mandar Hills (Bounsi) section, functioning since long. Service was extended by 24 km, to Hansdiha, in 2012 and work is on on another 42-km stretch, from Hansdiha to Dumka.
The railway’s safety commissioner trailed 24km from Dumka to Barapalashi while running trains on the new tracks in June 2014. Sources said trains would start plying between Bhagalpur and Dumka by mid-2015. Work on the 24.6km stretch from Dumka to Shikaripara has been completed while work is in progress on another 22km stretch, from Shikaripara to Pinargariya.
Train service has already started at the end point, the 18.5km stretch from Pinargariya to Rampurhat. DRM/Malda told reporters that work on Hansdiha-Dumka section was stopped earlier but has resumed and is likely to end in 2015.