AGARTALA: The Northeast Frontier Railway(NFR) has started sending petroleum products directly to Tripura with the commissioning of the first petroleum products terminal at Dharmanagar in North Tripura district, a NFR official said today.
High speed diesel is loaded from Tinsukia and Bongaigaon junctions in Assam and stored at Dharmanagar terminal, NFR Chief Public Relations Officer Pranav Jyoti Sharma said in a statement.
The Dharmanagar terminal can store up to three months’ buffer stock of fuel. It can store 225 wagons of 55,000 litres loading capacity each, he said.
In 2016, NF Railways had to run roll on-roll off services where high speed diesel loaded in trucks were transported on flat wagons from Assam to Tripura.
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb had on March 26 flagged off the first train which introduced tanker carrying wagon unloading facility at Dharmanagar.
Munindra Kumar Das, Sr.Manager (Corporate Communication, Planning & Coordination), Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (Mktg Divn), Guwahati, Assam tweeted, “currently, NF Railway uses 14 petroleum product loading sidings including those at Tinsukia, Leptakata, Bongaigaon, Noonmati, Rangapani, New Jalpaiguri, and Malda Court stations. We are striving for the energy security of every part of the country. BTPN Unloading facility now commissioned in Dharmanagar, Tripura. Till now the state was solely dependent on Roads for its Oil Supply. Railway supply route will ensure that Tripura never runs out of Energy”.