Indian Railways finishes electrification work of 649 route kms from Katihar to Guwahati

NFR said it has completed electrification work of railway tracks from Katihar - Guwahati

Infrastructure    11-Oct-2021
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Guwahati, October 11: The Northeast Frontier Railway that said it has completed electrification work of railway tracks from Katihar, Bihar to Guwahati, Assam which will provide seamless electric traction from New Delhi to this largest city in North East.

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Besides saving the foreign exchange reserves spent on high-speed diesel / HSD oil, it will also ensure a greener transportation and reduced carbon footprints, a NFR spokesperson said in a statement here.

Northeast Frontier Railway has successfully completed electrification work of total 649 RKM / 1,294 TKM from Katihar to Guwahati. This way, Total HDN / High-Density Network routes - 649 RKM - falling in NFR, have been commissioned with the electric traction, said the spokesperson.
Due to seamless train operation, the traction change at New Jalpaiguri, New Coochbehar will now stop, improving trains mobility. Running time between Guwahati to Katihar / Malda Town will reduce up to 2 hours, as trains will now move at higher speed due to better acceleration / deceleration.
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With Electrification, heavier goods trains can be run at higher speed. NFR has difficult terrain with a large number of graded sections, curves, bridges. Electric traction shall eliminate need for multi diesel locos as higher HP electric engines can maintain higher speed in gradient section. More Rajdhani express trains can now be introduced for states like Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Sikkim.

Route Kilometre / RKM, is used to express total distance taken by a train to reach its destination, while a tonne-kilometre or TKM represents the transport of 1 tonne of goods by a given transport mode. This huge feat will now connect New Delhi to Guwahati on a seamless electric traction.

This is another effort by NFR for capital connectivity by Green Transportation, said the statement. The inspection of 107 RKM/273 TKM was undertaken from October 7 - 9. Passenger trains with higher speed and heavier goods trains can now be run.