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Thursday, 21-March-2019

Elevated railway track

Guwahati| The Railway ministry has sanctioned a mega project for construction of an elevated four-way track in Guwahati, which would ease the growing congestion in Assam’s capital city.

The proposed 10-km elevated track from Kamakhya to New Guwahati is estimated to cost Rs 3,062 crore.

The plan is likely to be integrated with the Smart City project.

NF Railway spokesman Pranab Jyoti Sharma said there are many level crossings within the city through which the railway line connecting other Upper Assam towns and Dimapur in Nagaland passes.

The proposed elevated track would, in a way, bypass the city and the Guwahati Railway station in the heart of the city will be an elevated one.

The yard and other infrastructure from the present Guwahati Railway Station will be shifted from the area, mostly likely to New Guwahati. “After the land is cleared, we will call for bids from private parties to develop the area,” Sharma said.

Two of the tracks in the elevated platform will be for goods trains and as many for passenger trains. “The ministry will explore if local trains can run on the elevated track,” the spokesman said.

Besides, the Railway ministry has also sanctioned a double-track bridge over Brahmaputra parallel to Saraighat – the third in the location - and discussions are being held with the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways to keep a road provision in it.

Work on the bridge is expected to start next year.

Moreover, Kamakhya is one of the 25 railway stations selected for redevelopment. Tender notice for technical-cum-financial proposal for redevelopment at a cost of Rs 225 crore will be published on February 8.