Construction Work May Hook Railway Traffic


Jalpaiguri: Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) said on Friday that movement of trains would be blocked between Alipurduar and Ghokhsadanga stations, located on the principal route that connects the Northeast, for eight hours and 10 hours on March 26 and March 27, respectively.

“For construction of new double line section in Alipurduar division, non-interlocking work will be conducted in between New Alipurduar-Ghoksadanga section. That is why there will be traffic block on two days,” said an official.

The work of laying the second track along the main route, that is, via New Jalpaiguri-Jalpaiguri Road-Dhupguri-Falakata-New Cooch Behar-New Alipurduar is going on in different stretches. Due to this traffic block, the NFR has decided to cancel as many as 27 trains, including 17 long distance trains, on different days till March 27.

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Among the cancelled trains are Uttarbanga Express, Padatik Express, Kanchankanya Express and Calcutta-Guwahati Garib Rath.

“People might face inconveniences for some days but once the double lining is done, it would largely improve train movement in this region,” the official said. The NFR, however, will divert some other trains through the New Jalpaiguri-Siliguri Junction-Alipurduar Junction-Samuktala Road (the Dooars route) during these days, with halts at some stations.

The trains which would be diverted from NJP include Rajdhani Express, Northeast Express, Arunachal Express, Saraighat Express, Kanchanjunga Express, Brahmaputra Mail and Kamrup Express on 25 and 26 March. Also, three trains would be short-terminated at New Jalpaiguri and Katihar, NFR sources said.