Lumding-Silchar Broad gauge project work in full swing.

Lumding-Silchar Broad gaugeBadarpur: The 214-km-long Lumding-Silchar broad gauge conversion project would be commissioned by 2013, said Keshab Chandra, general manager, Northeast Frontier Railway.

Chandra said that 50 per cent of the work in the Lumding-Badarpur hill section has been completed and the construction work in other areas is on in full swing. All the major problems have been sorted out, he added.

A memorandum with 8-point charter of demands was submitted to the general manager and his interference was instantly sought to sort out the problems.

It may be stated that the project was a part of Indian Railways’ ‘Project Unigauge’ to convert the existing meter gauge or narrow gauge lines into broad gauge during the country.

The general manager who personally inspected the work at Badarpur was escorted by the NF Railway Divisional Manager Ajit Pandit and other senior officials. He also visited the Silchar railway station and examines the conversion work and expressed his satisfaction.

The Lumding-Badarpur hill section is one of the oldest railway sections in the country and was constructed during the British period.

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