MALIGAON: N.F. Railway has been steadily improving its punctuality performance. Figures from April to July indicate that the punctuality has improved from 67.21% in April to 69.46% in May to 76.3% in June and finally to 81% in July. N.F. Railway has taken up number of steps to improve punctuality of trains. Noticeable among them are:
- Starting and ending terminals of 9 pairs of trains have been interchanged between Guwahati and Kamakhya station. This has been done with the purpose of decongesting the section between Kamakhya and Guwahati stations.
- 18 pairs of conventional passenger trains have been converted to DEMU trains. DEMU can accelerate and de-accelerate much faster. Besides they can move in both directions which save time required for reversal of locomotive.
- Composition of 28 pairs of long distance trains leaving from Dibrugarh , Guwahati and Kamakhya station have been standardized.
- 5 trains have been speeded up by reducing running time ranging from 15 mts to 25 mts.
- Stoppage times of 33 passing trains at Guwahati station have been rationalized.
- Stoppage times of 50 passing trains at New Jalpaiguri station have been rationalized.
- Re-routing of Siliguri – New Bongaigaon DEMU via Siliguri – Gulma section.
- Timings of three trains have been revised.
- 3 stations namely Balurghat, Rampurbazar and Gazole have been upgraded to “B” class.
- Regular late running trains have been identified and being monitored.
- Special punctuality drives have been launched.
N.F. Railway being a terminal railway suffers from some inherent disadvantages like:
- Late arrival of link trains from other Zones resulting into re-scheduling.
- Trains becoming out of path due to excessive late taken over from other railways.
- Frequent Bandh / Agitation etc.
However by strict monitoring of trains at the highest level, the railway has achieved the recent milestone.