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Bankura–Masagram line

Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg Bankura-Masagram line
Overview
StatusOperational
LocaleWest Bengal
TerminiBankura
Masagram
Stations21
Operation
Opened2005 (as broad gauge railway)
OwnerIndian Railway
Operator(s)South Eastern Railway
Technical
Line lengthBroad gauge: 116 km (72 mi)
Track gauge1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) Broad Gauge
Old gauge2 ft 6 in (762 mm) Narrow gauge

The Bankura–Masagram line is a broad-gauge rail line connecting Bankura and Masagram. The 116-kilometre long (72 mi) railway line operates in Bankura and Purba Bardhaman districts in the Indian state of West Bengal. It falls under Adra railway division.

History

The old narrow gauge route of Bankura Damodar Railway was planned to be revived by South Eastern Railway of Indian Railways in 1998 as a broad gauge line. The plans were to convert the old track with some minor diversions to a broad gauge one and connect it with the Howrah-Bardhaman Chord near Masagram. The work has been scheduled to be completed in three phases: Bankura - Sonamukhi, Sonamukhi-Rainagar, and Rainagar-Masagram.[4]

The 41-kilometre-long (25 mi) Bankura-Sonamukhi broad gauge section was completed and opened to the public in 2005.[5] The 55-kilometre-long (34 mi) Sonamukhi-Rainagar broad gauge section was completed and opened to the public in 2008[6] and one stop extension to Mathnasipur was completed in 2011. According to Indian Railways, the missing link between Mathnasipur and Masagram was planned to open in the financial year 2012-2013. On completion of the 20-kilometre-long (12 mi) Rainagar-Masagram new broad gauge section, the distance between Howrah and Bankura was to be reduced from 231 kilometres (144 mi) (via Kharagpur) to 185 kilometres (115 mi). The last section involved the construction of a bridge across the Damodar River.[6][7] The 510-metre-long (1,670 ft) bridge over the Damodar was constructed and work on the Mathnasipur-Masagram new project was completed with the addition of four new halts – Gram Masagram (Mustafachak), Habaspur, Dadpur and Berugram.[8]

Construction on the 48.25-kilometre-long (29.98 mi) new broad gauge railway line between Bankura-Chhatna-Mukutmanipur has also been inaugurated.[9]

Route description

The previous NG line near Bankura was a bit different. The former NG station was physically isolated from the BG station. It was after the adjacent road, so if anyone wanted to change from BG to NG, he/she should cross the road to entrain the NG train. To continuing journey from Adra to Rainagar, the new BG line is branching just before Bankura Jn. (going to Adra from Kharagpur), then it turns as a semicircle, and then meets on the old Narrow gauge line alignment. On the rest portion it completely follows the old line’s alignment. The line is entirely single. There are crossings at Sonamukhi, Patrasayer, Bowaichandi, Seharabazar and Rainagar. It passes through land of red soil and part of a partly cut jungle.

Train service

The Rainagar broad gauge station of Bankura-Masagram line built in place of old narrow gauge terminus station of BDR. It is built with special elevation keeping in view of flooding of Damodar River in monsoons.

As of January 2019, DEMU services are available between Bankura Junction railway station and Masagram railway station.[10]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Bankura-Masagram DEMU 78052". India Rail Info.
  2. ^ "Adra Division Railway Map". South Eastern Railway.
  3. ^ "South Eastern Railway Pink Book 2017-18" (PDF). Indian Railways Pink Book.
  4. ^ "Bankura Damodar Rail to roll again from 14th Jan". Archived from the original on 16 May 2008. Retrieved 22 August 2009.
  5. ^ "S-E Rly opens new line". The Hindu Business Line, 21 September 2005. Retrieved 22 August 2009.
  6. ^ a b "BDR resumes service after 13 yrs". The Statesman, 23 January 2008. Retrieved 22 August 2009.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Train to Bankura". The Telegraph, 12 September 2005. Retrieved 22 August 2009.
  8. ^ "SER GM reviews Bankura-Masagram rail project". Web India 123, 9 February 2012. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  9. ^ "Opening of Eklakhi – Balurghat new line". Press Information Bureau. Retrieved 22 August 2009.
  10. ^ "78056 Bankura-Masagram DEMU". India Rail Info. Retrieved 29 January 2019.