Northeast Frontier Railway Advances Green Initiative with Electric Loco Speed Trial on the New Jalpaiguri-Haldibari section

Accelerating towards 100% electrification, Northeast Frontier Railway conducted an Electric Loco speed trial on the New Jalpaiguri – Haldibari section under Katihar Division. Electrification has now been completed up to the Bangladesh border along the New Jalpaiguri – Dhaka route.

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Northeast Frontier Railway is moving forward with the aim towards 100% electrification of allun-electrified Broad Gauge routes of the zone. This will minimise railways dependency o­n fossil fuels and will help in its mission mode for Indian Railways towards becoming the largest “Green Railways” in the world.

In an endeavour for complete electrification, N. F. Railway is doing electrification works till Haldibari, the last station o­n the India-Bangladesh border along the New Jalpaiguri-Dhaka route. Works of the Katihar-Teznarayanpur section in Bihar is also going o­n with full thrust. The work is expected to be completed very soon of these two sections totaling 63.74 Route Kilometres.

Brief about Electrification under NFR:

  • In the jurisdiction of NFR, out of the total electrified routes in the North-eastern region, 921.01 Km in Assam, 9.58 Km in Meghalaya and 6.00 Km in Nagaland have already been electrified. Moreover, 285.87 Km in Bihar and 744.726 Km in West Bengal have already been electrified under the jurisdiction of N. F. Railway.

Statutory Inspections have been done before trials:

  • The statutory inspections for these two sections of Katihar Division of N.F. Railways have been done. The sections are Raninagar Jalpaiguri Junction – Haldibari (30.71 Route Kilometres) and Katihar Jn – Teznarayanpur (33.03 Route Kilometres) of Katihar Division.
  • For further speeding up the electrification works, Indian Railway Construction International Limited (IRCON), Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES), NFR/Construction and Central Organisation for Railway Electrification (CORE) have been executing the electrification works in a phased manner in different sections over the zone.

Electrification will significantly improve the mobility of trains o­n NFR and strengthen the Rail network in north-eastern states. In addition to the reduction in pollution, the financial performance of the Railway will also improve due to the shift from fossil fuel to electricity. This would also facilitate seamless traffic and also increase the average speed of trains resulting in punctuality of train movement.

Source: Northeast Frontier Railway- Press Release | Images Credit: Northeast Frontier Railway