Guwahati (GWH): Sudarshan Nayak, Commissioner of Railway Safety, NF Circle, Kolkata inspected the newly converted broad gauge (BG) line of the Rangiya-Murkongselek gauge conversion project (national project) of Rangiya Division from Sripani to Murkongselek (72 km) on May 6 and 7, and from Balipara to Bhalukpong (34.8 km) on May 8. This was stated in a press release.
At first, the safety official conducted motor trolley inspection from Sripani to Telam on May 6 and from Telam to Murkongselek the next day. Then the speed train trial run from Murkongselek to Sripani was taken on May 7. He also inspected the branch line from Balipara to Bhalukpong on May 8 for opening of the section for passenger traffic. In both the sections, the high speed trial run was conducted at 115/116 kmph.
The gauge conversion from Sripani to Murkongselek and Balipara to Bhalukpong is a part of the Rangiya-Murkongselek (511.88 km) gauge conversion project. For the project, at first Rangiya-Rangapara North-Dekargaon (144.48 km) was completed on November 7, 2013, Rangapara North-Harmuti (142.76 km) completed on March 28, 2014, Harmuti-North Lakhimpur (35 km) completed on December 16, 2014, North Lakhimpur to Sripani (82 km) completed on March 13, 2015 and finally, from Sripani to Murkongselek and from Balipara to Bhalukpong completed on May 8 this year.
The Northeast Frontier Railway will start passenger and goods traffic operation on the whole section shortly.
During the inspection, the CRS, NF Circle was accompanied by Surinder Pal, Chief Administrative Officer, NF Railway, Construction-2, Radhey Raman, Divisional Railway Manager, Rangiya, SC Rajak, Chief Engineer, NF Railway, Construction-5, and other senior railway officials.