The Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on 27 March 2015 flagged off the first goods train from Lumding to Silchar in Assam. He flagged off the train through video conferencing at a function in New Delhi.
Prabhu announced a cash award for those involved in the Lumding-Silchar gauge conversion project which will give thrust to better rail connectivity in North Eastern states.
In addition to Lumding-Silchar broad gauge, Union government had floated other rail projects to provide rail connectivity in the NE states of Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura which are expected to be completed by March 2016. These rail projects are:
• Badarpur-Kumarghat project of 118 kilometer
• Arunachal-Jiribam (50 kilometer)
• Baraigram-Dullabchera (29 kilometer)
• Karimganj-Mahishana including Karimganj bypass (13.50 kilometer)
About Lumding-Silchar section in Assam
The gauge conversion of 210 kilometer Lumding-Silchar section in Assam connects Barak valley of Assam with the rest of the country. It was completed at a cost of 3500 crore rupees.
The broad gauge line comrpises of 21 tunnels (with the longest of 3.23 kilometer length), 79 major bridges and 340 minor bridges, 28 stations and four halt stations.
Lumding is a town and a municipal board in Nagaon district in Assam, while, Silchar is the headquarters of Cachar district of Assam and lies 343 kilometres south east of Guwahati.
When: 27 March 2015