GUWAHATI, Dec 9: Anshul Gupta, general manager of Northeast Frontier Railway met chief minister of Mizoram Zoramthanga at Aizawl on Thursday. He was accompanied by senior officers from headquarters and the divisional railway manager of Lumding division JS Lakra. Other senior railway officers from the NF Railway were also present.
Anshul Gupta assured that NF Railway is ready to ply RORO service as per demand placed by the state government as and when required. NF Railway has examined the dimensions of plying RORO rakes between Bhanga to Bhairabi station and found them to be feasible for carrying commodities like POL, LPG to Mizoram. The service will help bring faster development in the region.
In the context of discussion, the general manager informed the chief minister about services of Railways’ Kisan Rail scheme. The service provides help to the farmers to carry their agri-products at 50% discounts to different destinations all over India. So far, NF Railway has carried commodities like pineapple from Agartala, potato from North Bengal and received agri-products from different destinations. Further, carrying of automobiles to Mizoram at cost effective way through specially designed NMGS rakes was also discussed upon. The general manager proposed the state government to use the land by railways on mutation to take up various railway developmental works at Aizawl. The land can also be transferred to the state government on the basis of exchange of land as per requirement.
GM/NFR Anshul Gupta also met Renu Sharma, chief secretary, government of Mizoram in Aizawl. Various issues of mutual interest for development of rail connectivity and schemes for economic progress of people of the state were discussed. GM also inspected Bridge no. 89, 115 and 196, one most critical bridges being constructed by Indian Railways under Bhairabi – Sairang new railway line project through dense and very difficult terrain. The tallest pier of Bridge no. 196 is of 101 meter and is crucial for connecting station Sairang near Aizawl.
Earlier on December 8, 2021, the general manager inspected work sites of the Bhairabi – Sairang new railway line project that will connect the state capital of Mizoram. NF Railway (Construction Organisation) is executing the 51.38 km long Bhairabi – Sairang new railway line project in Mizoram at an anticipated cost of Rs. 6,527 crore. The new line will end at Sairang; from Sairang station, the capital of Mizoram Aizawl is not far away. There will be 55 major and 87 minor bridges in the entire project. The project will also have 11 road overbridges/road underbridges. The entire project will involve the construction of 4 stations and 12.6 km of tunnelling works. Work on the project is going on in full swing and expected to be ready by March, 2024. Once the project is completed, it will lead to economic development not only for the people of Mizoram but also for the entire NE region.