History was made today when the first Broad gauge commercial freight train comprising 42 wagons loaded with food grains (rice) reached in Bhairabi station of Mizoram. With today’s BG train to Bhairabi, the tiny North eastern state of Mizoram became the third after Tripura and Manipur to have been connected via BG Rail Line this financial year.
This line starts from the Katakhal station in Hailakandi district of Assam and runs about 82 KM in Assam before entering Mizoram.
The Katakhal – Bhairabi Gauge Conversion project is part of the Lumding – Silchar along with other finger line projects. The present success was attributable to the hard work and dedication of Railway engineers whose effort saw completion of the work well within target.
The formalities of inspection by Commissioner Railway Safety would also be completed soon and passenger trains would start plying thereafter.
This is a step forward towards N.F.Railways target of providing BG connectivity to all capitals of North Eastern States by the year 2020. Work is going on full swing for the new BG track from Bhairabi to Sairang near Aizawl which is scheduled to be completed by March – 2019.
Salient Features of the Gauge conversion project from Katakhal to Bhairabi are as follows:
Year of sanction : 2000
Latest Anticipated Cost : Rs 326.51 Crs.
Total length : 84.250 Km
Stations : 10 nos
Major Bridges : 16 nos
Minor Bridges : 161 nos
Limited Height Subways : 10 nos
Level crossing gates : 17 nos (5 on National Highways, 8 on State Highways)
Curves : 52 nos (Sharpest curve 7 Degree)
Ruling Gradient : 1 in 100
Speed Potential : 100 Kmph
Signalling : Multiple Aspects Colour Light