Northeast Frontier Railway touches a decent Punctuality figure of 81% in July 2018 despite various challenges

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Composition of 28 pairs of long distance trains leaving from Dibrugarh , Guwahati and Kamakhya station have been standardized.
  4. 5 trains have been speeded up by reducing running time ranging from 15 mts to 25 mts.
  5. Stoppage times of 33 passing trains at Guwahati station have been rationalized.
  6. Stoppage times of 50 passing trains at New Jalpaiguri station have been rationalized.
  7. Re-routing of Siliguri – New Bongaigaon DEMU via Siliguri – Gulma section.
  8. Timings of three trains have been revised.
  9. 3 stations namely Balurghat, Rampurbazar and Gazole have been upgraded to “B” class.
  10. Regular late running trains have been identified and being monitored.
  11. Special punctuality drives have been launched.

N.F. Railway being a terminal railway suffers from some inherent disadvantages like:

  1. Late arrival of link trains from other Zones resulting into re-scheduling.
  2. Trains becoming out of path due to excessive late taken over from other railways.
  3. Frequent Bandh / Agitation etc.

However by strict monitoring of trains at the highest level, the railway has achieved the recent milestone.