Gauripur-Abhayapuri Rail line to be completed on war-footing: assures GM/NFR

Dhubri: Northeast Frontier Railway General Manager Mr.H.K.Jaggi today said the new railway line project between Gauripur (on Alipur Daur Division) and Abhayapuri (on Rangiya Division) will be expedited on a war footing and completed within the deadline.

Jaggi arrived at Golokganj in a special train, accompanied by Alipurduar divisional railway manager Sanjeev Kishore and a host of other top officials, and held a meeting in his conference hall inside the train.

He left for physical inspection of the work by car and assessed the progress at various places up to Abhayapuri in Bongaigaon district.

Talking to media at Golokganj, Jaggi said his priority was to complete the project within the deadline. “I have come here to inspect the progress of works between Gauripur to Abhayapuri and if it is found to be lagging, it will be expedited as there is no dearth of funds now.”

Asked about problems in acquiring land for the project at some places, Jaggi said there were some issues but those are being sorted out. Replying to a question about running trains on the new track till Bilasipara, he said some of the major railway bridges were yet be completed but stressed on running trains on the completed section within this year. He said trains would run on the entire route in 2018 as promised.

Several memorandums were submitted to Jaggi at Golokganj junction, including those by the residents of Gauripur and Golokganj Development Committee.

The delegation of Gauripur residents, led by social activist Kulodhar Das, handed over a memorandum to Jaggi and urged him to build the Gauripur railway junction as a replica of Gauripur Matiabag Palace, as had been done at various stations like Cooch Behar railway station, which is a replica of the Maharaja Palace (built on the lines of Buckingham Palace).

“Gauripur is the centre of Goalpariya culture. The interiors of the station should showcase the cultural features of the area, helping visitors to understand the significance of Goalpariya culture,” Jyotirmoy Chakraborty, a member of the delegation, said.

The delegation from Golokganj Development Committee also highlighted the inconveniences faced by commuters, including lack of lights, drinking water and reservation counters.

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