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Guwahati–Lumding section

Guwahati–Lumding section
Overview
Status Operational
Locale Assam
Termini Guwahati
Lumding
Operation
Opening 1900
Owner Indian Railway
Operator(s) Northeast Frontier Railway
Technical
Line length 179 km (111 mi)
No. of tracks 1
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) broad gauge
Electrification Not electrified / Diesel operated

The Guwahati–Lumding section is a broad-gauge railway line connecting Guwahati and Lumding. The 179-kilometre (111 mi) long railway line operates in the Indian state of Assam. It is under the jurisdiction of Northeast Frontier Railway.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Broad gauge 2
  • Line doubling 3
  • Railway reorganisation 4
  • Accidents 5
  • References 6

History

In the pre-partition days, Assam was linked to Chittagong through the Akhaura-Kulaura-Chhatak Line and Akhaura-Laksam-Chittagong Line. The Chittagong link had been constructed in response to the demand of the Assam tea planters for a railway link to Chittagong port. Assam Bengal Railway started construction of a railway track on the eastern side of Bengal in 1891. A 150-kilometre long (93 mi) track between Chittagong and Comilla was opened to traffic in 1895. The Comilla-Akhaura-Kalaura-Badarpur section was opened in 1896–1898 and finally extended to Lumding in 1903.[1][2][3] The Assam Bengal Railway constructed a branch line to Guwahati, connecting the city to the eastern line in 1900.[4] During the 1900–1910 period, the Eastern Bengal Railway built the Golakganj-Amingaon branch line, thus connecting the western bank of the Brahmaputra to the western line.[4]

Broad gauge

The railway tracks from Guwahati to Lumding and from Chaparmukh to Haibargaon were upgraded from metre gauge to broad gauge in 1994.[5]

Line doubling

The Guwahati-Lumding-Dibrigarh line was proposed to be doubled in the Railway Budget for 2011-12.[6]

The 44.92 km (28 mi) long Lumding-Hojai doubling project was sanctioned in 2012-13.[7] The 30.50 km (19 mi) long New Guwahati-Digaru doubling project was completed in 2012-13.[8][9]

Railway reorganisation

The Assam Railway and Trading Company Limited was merged with Assam Bengal Railway in 1945.[10] With partition, Assam Bengal Railway was split up and railway lines in Assam became Assam Railway.[11] In 1952, North East Railway was formed with the amalgamation of Assam Railway, Oudh-Tiirhut Railway and the Kanpur-Achnera section of Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway.[12] Northeast Frontier Railway was created with a part of NE Railway in 1958.[11]

Accidents

On 16 April 2014, the Jagiroad train derailment occurred near Jagiroad, leading to 45 injuries.[13][14]

References

  1. ^ "Railway". Banglapaedia. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
  2. ^ Report on the administration of North East India (1921–22). Google Books (Mttal Publishers Distributors). p. 46. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
  3. ^ S.N.Singh, Amarendra Narain, Purnendu Kumar (2006). Socio Economic and Political Problems of Tea Garden Workers: A Study of Assam. New Delhi: Mittal Publications. p. 105.  
  4. ^ a b R. P. Saxena. "Indian Railway History Time line". Irse.bravehost.com. Archived from the original on 14 July 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Welcome to the website of Lumding Division, Northeast Frontier Railway". Lumding Division, NF Railway. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  6. ^ "State Congress elated, opposition crtical". The Assam Tribune, 26 February 2011. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Lumding-Hojai Patch Doubling Project". NF Railway. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "New Guwahati Patch Doubling Project". NF Railway. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "North Eastern Region". Indian Railways. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  10. ^ Urban History of India: A Case-Study by Deepali Barua, pages 79-80, ISBN 81-7099-538-8, Mittal Publications, A-110 Mohan Garden, New Delhi - 110059
  11. ^ a b "History". Northeast Frontier Railway. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "Geography : Railway Zones". IRFCA. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "45 injured in a train accident in Assam". Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "19 passengers injured in Assam train accident". Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
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