The 61st Railway Week (Zonal Level) Awards Ceremony was held at Rang Bhawan in Maligaon today. The overall Efficiency Shield went to Tinsukia Division of N.F.Railway for its all-round performances. The New Coochbehar Station of Alipurduar Division was adjudged the Best Kept Station for the year 2015-16 and the 2nd Best Kept Station award went to Mariani station of Tinsukia Division. The Dibrugarh Railway Hospital won the Best Kept Hospital award and New Tinsukia Station of Tinsukia Division won the Best Passenger Amenities Award.
The General Manager, Shri H. K. Jaggi, N.F.Railway gave away a total of 226 Individual Awards to achievers from various departments of the five divisions and headquarters of N. F. Railway and N. F. Railway Constructions Organization. He also gave away 28 Group Awards, 34 Efficiency Shields and 6 special commendations awards. Total numbers of awardees are 434. The Railway Week Awards have been instituted to recognize the efforts and endeavour of railway employees in efficient and dedicated discharge of their duties. The celebration is also held to mark the anniversary of running of the first passenger train in India from Bori Bunder in Mumbai to Thane – a distance of 34 km – on 16th April 1853.
Presently there are more than 90,000 track kilometres criss-crossing the country, running more than 14000 train every day to transport more than 13 million passengers daily. During the year 2015-16 a total of 589.64 Km of BG Track has been commissioned for Passenger Traffic which is an unprecedented and un-paralleled achievement, not only on N.F. Railway but, perhaps, anywhere on Indian Railways. A total of 355 km has also been commissioned for Freight traffic during 2015-16 by N.F. Railway. Three important North-eastern States i.e. Tripura, Manipur and Mizoram have been brought on the map of BG Network of Indian Railway. For increasing passenger carrying capacity 81 coaches have been permanently augmented in passenger trains. In addition 3062 extra coaches were also temporarily added to clear extra rush during this period.