After 70 days, passenger train services will resume in some parts of North-East

After 70 days, passenger train services will resume in some parts of North-East

Since May 13, landslides and rains had damaged railway tracks in some parts of the north-east (Representational)

Guwahati:

After about 70 days, the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) will resume passenger train services in the Lumding-Badarpur section of Assam on July 22. On May 14, both passenger and goods train services were canceled due to heavy rains and unprecedented landslides.

Officials said on Sunday that this section will connect Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur and southern part of Assam with the rest of the country.

NFR spokesperson Sabyasachi Dey said goods train services started on July 12 from Dima Hasao Hills district in the Lumding-Badarpur section, the only rail route connecting Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur and southern Assam with other parts of the country.

“Railway officials, engineers, workers worked day and night to bring the national transporter back on track in these affected areas to avoid shortage of essential commodities in states like Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram and Barak Valley (South Assam) regions ” spokesman said.

Unprecedented landslides triggered by heavy rains since May 13 have caused heavy damage to stations and railway tracks at more than 61 places in the Lumding-Badarpur single line railway route of the NFR.

Due to heavy rains at many places, the soil of the railway track was washed away and heavy landslides covered the tracks and other railway properties.

In the wake of the railway services being stalled, Tripura and Mizoram had earlier approached the Ministry of External Affairs to bring essential supplies and fuel through Bangladesh.

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