Land acquisition only hurdle in commissioning Digha rail bridge: Mittal

Muzaffarpur (MFP): Acquisition of a small piece of land on Digha side is the only major hurdle in opening the Digha-Sonepur railway bridge on river Ganga. Disclosing this at a meeting organized by the North Bihar Chamber of Commerce and Industries, general manager (GM), East Central Railway (ECR), A K Mittal said on Saturday the construction of the rail bridge is near completion but a small plot of land belonging to an individual, which is required for an approach line to the bridge on Digha side, had not yet been handed over to the railway administration by the state government. Mittal expected the work to be done by the government very shortly.

The ECR GM said three pairs of trains will start between Patna and Muzaffarpur initially and two DMU trains would run on Patna-Sonepur-Hajipur-Muzaffarpur-Samastipur route for which rakes have been made available. Track doubling work of Muzaffarpur-Hajipur route will be completed in three phases within the next two financial years and then only more trains will be added to this route, he clarified.

Responding to demands for more trains and more platforms at Muzaffarpur, the GM said the route relay inter-locking work around Muzaffarpur station is in progress and as soon as the work is completed more facilities might be given to Muzaffarpur also.

Muzaffarpur traders have demanded a pantry car in Mithila Express and the GM said 16 trains passing through Muzaffarpur and Patna will be provided pantry cars soon. Work on Hajipur-Sugauli section will be completed by December 2016 in two phases. In the first phase, line between Hajipur and Vaishali Garh will be completed. Electrification work will be completed between Barauni and Katihar and between Chapra and Gorakhpur by 2016. All heads of railway departments at Hajipur and Sonpur including DRM and CCM accompanied the GM during his visit to Muzaffarpur.

Motilal Chaparia welcomed the railway officials and placed the memorandum before the GM on behalf of the Chamber.