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Work on new railway projects in State soon
PRANJAL BHUYAN
 GUWAHATI, Jan 31 - Indian Railways is expected to commence work on a few new projects in Assam soon, even as it plans to complete some ongoing ones by next fiscal.

 Officials who are aware of this new development told The Assam Tribune that plans have been drawn up for starting actual ground work on some new line projects in a few sections, including Sivasagar-Jorhat, Salona-Khumtai and Tezpur-Silghat.

The work will be carried out by the Northeast Frontier Railway (Construction Organisation).

The anticipated cost of the Sivasagar-Jorhat new line project has been pegged at Rs 2,696 crore and it will be of 62 km length.

Similarly, the Indian Railways has fixed an anticipated cost of Rs 5,958 crore for the Salona-Khumtai section (99 km) and Rs 351.20 crore for the Tezpur-Silghat (25 km) new line project.

Officials said that doubling work is progressing in the Digaru-Hojai section (102 km). “We expect to complete the doubling work in the Digaru-Hojai section in the 2020-21 fiscal. Work on earthwork and construction of new bridges is now going on,” said SK Ojah, Senior Public Relations Officer (SPRO) of NFR (Construction Organisation).

The project has been undertaken with an anticipated cost of Rs 2,136.01 crore.

The doubling work in the section has four phases - Digaru-Tetelia, Tetelia-Jagiroad, Kampur-Hojai and Jagiroad-Chaparmukh.

Along with doubling of the track in the section, the project involves construction of 11 major bridges, 72 minor bridges, five road overbridges (RoBs) and fourteen station buildings. Out of these, all 11 major bridges, 71 minor bridges, all five road overbridges (RoBs) and five station buildings have been completed so far.

It is noteworthy that NFR (Construction Organisation) had in July last year completed track doubling work in the Lumding-Hojai patch. The 44.92-km patch had involved work on five major bridges, 35 minor bridges, two RoBs, one road underbridge (RuB) and six station buildings.

Ojah said that commissioning of the 21-km-long Bilasipara-Chapar segment of the New Maynaguri-Jogighopa (226.83 km) new line project is expected by March.

“We are also looking to commission the Chapar-Bechamari (13 km) section of the new line by March this year,” he said.

The New Maynaguri-Jogighopa new line, with an anticipated cost of Rs 4,541 crore, has 67 major bridges, 387 minor bridges, 13 RoBs, 24 RuBs and 21 station buildings. Once completed, it is expected to boost connectivity and trade in the western part of Assam.

Regarding the Tetelia-Byrnihat new line project which has got the status of a national project and falls partially in both Assam and Meghalaya, Ojah said that the Tetelia-Kamalajhari part has been completed, whereas the work is in progress in Kamalajhari-Byrnihat section.

However the work in the last stretch of about 2.50 km located in Meghalaya could not be progressed due to opposition by the public.

While 19.20 km section of the Tetelia-Byrnihat project falls in Assam, the remaining 2.50 km is in Meghalaya.

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