Train services continue to be affected by flood

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HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, Aug17: Passenger train connectivity from the metropolis to destinations in North Bengal and Assam remained suspended for the fifth day on Thursday due to prevailing flood situation in the region. “Restoration work in all the locations are on war footing,” NF Railway CPRO Pranab Jyoti Sharma informed here on Thursday.

“The bridge no. 3 located at km. 7/2-3 between Kuretha & Manian railway station in the section Katihar- Kumedpur, which was breached on Wednesday, railway has been able to mobilise a 45 ft. girder along with a 140 ton crane which has reached site from Eastern railway. Boulders for restoration have been mobilised from Pakur, Bakudi & Sakrigli. This bridge which is crucial for connectivity from Katihar to Malda is being attended by more than 600 labours working round the clock and it is expected the bridge will be restored by Friday, that if flood condition does not deteriorate further,” Sharma said in a statement here.

“The restoration work has already been started in the bridge no. 133 located between Sudhani – Telta stations of New Jalpaiguri – Malda section, which was washed away on Tuesday. While DRM/KIR is camping at site, NDRF team from Danapur has also reached the site on,” Sharma also said.

“The restoration works of the bridge no. MK 8, 9, 11 between Kumedpur – Khurial stations of Malda town New Jalpaiguri section, which have been washed away, has been going on full swing,” he said. 1140 mt. track has been washed away between Forbeshganj – Jogbani stations in Katihar-Jogbani branch line on August 13. While track clearance has been given up to Bathnaha, the section from Bathnaha to Jogbani continues to be affected with water level close to track level.

Notably, in Alipurduar division track connection from Fakiragram to Dhubri has been restored from Thursday morning after completion of work at bridge no. 28. Train connection from Dhubri will be restored and DEMU services will be started from Friday. In Lumding division also the flood affected track between Silghat and Jakhalabandha stations has been restored for movement of traffic, he also said.

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