Commissioner of railway safety to inspect Bogibeel Bridge in October

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GUWAHATI, Sept 11: The Bogibeel Bridge will be ready for inspection by commissioner of railway safety (CRS) by 2nd week of October. Railway Board chairman Ashwini Lohani was informed in a review meeting held through video-conferencing on Tuesday.

Lohani gas reviewed progress of construction of new lines, gauge conversion and doubling of railway lines, track renewal, railway electrification and elimination of unmanned railway level crossings of the entire Indian Railway in a review meeting through video conferencing with the general managers of zonal railways of Indian Railway, a railway release said here.

The chairman was informed in the meeting that a total of 4,000 km of gauge conversion work and 5000 km of track renewal would be completed within this fiscal.

In the meeting, Northeast Frontier Railway general manager Sanjeev Roy informed the chairman that the railway has targeted for track renewal of 288 km of broad gauge line. Apart from this, 192 km of gauge conversion and commissioning of 95 km of new broad gauge line will be done within this year. He also said that there is only one unmanned level crossing (UMLC) left to be eliminated in NF Railway which would soon be eliminated.

In case of railway electrification, a total of 298 km of railway lines would be electrified this year. Out of these 198km will be done by Central Organisation of Railway Electrification (CORE) and 100 km will be done by Rail Vikash Nigam Limited (RVNL). He further said that the Katihar – Kumedpur – Mukuria section is almost ready, Gunjeria – New Jalpaiguri section will be ready for commissioning by December and New Jalpaiguri – Raninagar Jalpaiguri section will be ready by January 2019.

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