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Broad gauge rail from Assam`s Lumding to Agartala by 2012

The much-awaited conversion of railway track from meter gauge to broad gauge from Assam`s Lumding to Agartala is expected to be completed by 2012, the government said today.



Agartala: The much-awaited conversion of
railway track from meter gauge to broad gauge from Assam`s
Lumding to Agartala is expected to be completed by 2012, the
government said today.

Replying to a notice initiated by CPI(M) MLA Manindra
Chandra Das, transport minister Manik Dey said that it is
likely to be completed by 2012.

"During a review meeting between Chief Minister Manik
Sarkar with the General Manager of Northeast Frontier Railway
(NFR) on February 10, the later said that the ongoing work
from Lumding to Badarpur was progressing satisfactorily and
the conversion work from Lumding to Agartala is expected to be
completed by 2012."

The conversion work on the 394 km rail track from
Lumding to Agartala was started in 1996 but has not made much
progress due to militancy in North Cachhar Hills, Dey said
adding that with the decline of insurgency in the area, work
is progressing fast.

The minister further said that the state government
had requested the NFR authorities to seek Assam government`s
help to provide more security in the area to expedite the
conversion work.

De said, only three months would be needed to convert
the railway track from narrow or meter gauge to broad gauge
from Kumarghat to Agartala (110 km) because during the laying
of rail lines, provisions were kept for swiftly converting it
to broad gauge.

PTI

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