"Dream of Barak Valley" Broad Gauge Project; Still "Work in Progress"

Gauge conversion of Lumding-Silchar, Arunachal- Jiribam, Badarpur-Kumarghat from Metre gauge line toBroad gauge. This involves earthwork 677.83 lac cum,major bridges (substructure 95 Nos., superstructure 130Nos.), minor bridges 652 Nos. Tunneling 10650 RMGauge conversion of Lumding-Silchar, Arunachal-Jiribam, Badarpur-Kumarghat from Metre gauge line toBroad gauge. This involves earthwork 677.83 lac cum,major bridges (substructure 95 Nos., superstructure 130Nos.), minor bridges 652 Nos. Tunneling 10650

Silchar – Lumding BG quick facts

  • Prime minister laid the foundation of the gauge conversion project in 1998.
  • Supposed to be completed by 2006
  • Awarded the status of a national project in 2006
  • Bridge over Barak at Badarpur Ghat is built at a cost of Rs 32 crore
  • Delay of six years, which has escalated the total cost of the project from the
  • Originally envisaged Rs 648 crore to Rs 1,800 crore.
  • Once completed, the project will have 31 railway stations between Silchar and Lumding,
  • 255 curves replacing the earlier 544 curves and
  • 20 tunnels instead of 37 tunnels in the metre gauge track.
  • trains can cut their running hours from Silchar and Guwahati from its present 18 hours for a distance of 360km to 8 hours
  • It is being hoped that the project will be commissioned in the latter half of 2012 —RM

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