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Guwahati–Lumding section

Guwahati–Lumding section
Overview
Status Operational
Locale Assam
Termini Guwahati
Lumding
Operation
Opened 1900; 118 years ago (1900)
Owner Indian Railways
Operator(s) Northeast Frontier Railway zone
Technical
Line length 179 km (111 mi)
Number of tracks 1
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Old gauge 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)
Route map
km to New Bongaigaon–Guwahati section
0 Guwahati
New Guwahati
9 Narengi
14 Panikhaiti
19 Thakurkuchi
31 Panbari
33 Digaru
39 Tetelia
45 Kamrup Khetri
52 Barahu
57 Jagi Road
64 Ajuri
75 Dharamtul
83 Thekeraguri
91 Chaparmukh Junction
95 Raha
102 Phulaguri
109 Bebjia
111 Senchoa Junction
118 Haibargaon
125 Rupahigaon
131 Tarabari
135 Juraigaon
139 Dahgaon
144 Balikotia
147 Batadrawa road
154 Dhing Bazar
157 Dhing
160 Mairabari
117 Nagaon
127 Puranigudam
149 Salona
164 Jakhalabandha
172 Silighat town
100 Laopani
107 Kampur
118 Jamunamukh
128 Jugijan
134 Hojai
141 Dhalpukhuri
149 Lanka
154 Habaipur
165 Lamsakhang
171 Patharkhola
to Lumding-Silchar section
179 Lumding
to Lumding–Dibrugarh section

Source: Indian Railway Time Table[full citation needed]

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 zone.

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. 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.

Broad gauge

The railway tracks from Guwahati to Lumding and from Chaparmukh to Haibargaon were upgraded from metre gauge to broad gauge in 1994.[4]

Line doubling

The Guwahati-Lumding-Dibrigarh line was proposed to be doubled in the Railway Budget for 2011-12.[5]

The 44.92 km (28 mi) long Lumding-Hojai doubling project was sanctioned in 2012-13.[6] The 30.50 km (19 mi) long New Guwahati-Digaru doubling project was completed in 2012-13.[7][8]

Railway reorganisation

The Assam Railway and Trading Company Limited was merged with Assam Bengal Railway in 1945.[9] With partition, Assam Bengal Railway was split up and railway lines in Assam became Assam Railway.[10] 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.[11] Northeast Frontier Railway was created with a part of NE Railway in 1958.[10]

Jagiroad train derailment

On 16 April 2014, around 2:15am Guwahati bound Dimapur -Kamakhya Express derailed on the Guwahati-Lumding section near Jagiroad in central Assam’s Morigaon district leading to 45 injuries. At the time of the accident the train was carrying around 700 passengers.[12][13]

References

  1. ^ Fida, Quazi Abul (2012). "Railway". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. 
  2. ^ Report on the administration of North East India (1921–22). Google Books. Mttal Publishers Distributors. 1984. 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. ISBN 81-8324-098-4. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
  4. ^ "Welcome to the website of Lumding Division, Northeast Frontier Railway". Lumding Division, NF Railway. Archived from the original on 18 July 2012. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "State Congress elated, opposition crtical". The Assam Tribune, 26 February 2011. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Lumding-Hojai Patch Doubling Project" (PDF). NF Railway. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "New Guwahati Patch Doubling Project" (PDF). NF Railway. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "North Eastern Region" (PDF). Indian Railways. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  9. ^ 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
  10. ^ a b "History". Northeast Frontier Railway. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Geography : Railway Zones". IRFCA. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "45 injured in a train accident in Assam". April 16, 2014. Archived from the original on 26 April 2014. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  13. ^ "19 passengers injured in Assam train accident". The Hindu. Guwahati. April 17, 2014. Retrieved April 25, 2014.