Railways Asked To Build Elevated Corridor At Deepor Beel For Protection of Wild Elephants

GUWAHATI: In view of repeated elephant deaths primarily caused by railway accidents in the Deepor Beel area, the Assam government has urged the railway ministry to help to construct an elevated corridor to give an obstruction-free passage to the tuskers.

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma placed the proposal before Union minister of state for railways and textiles Darshana Jardosh who is on a two-day visit to the state on Friday.

Jardosh has called on the chief minister at the latter’s official residence in the capital complex and discussed some railway important projects being implemented in Assam.

Sarma during the discussion requested the Union minister to expedite the electrification work in Assam part of the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR). He also requested the Union minister to expedite the work of double-tracking. He requested her to extend the double track project up to Dibrugarh.

With regard to under-construction flyovers over the railway tracks at some areas of the state, the chief minister requested the Union minister to impress the authority of NFR to resolve the issues obstructing the completion of the flyovers.

The chief minister also requested the Union minister to increase the running frequency of Rajdhani Express between New Delhi and Agartala via Barak Valley for the convenience of the passengers.

On the textile front, Sarma requested the Union minister to set up an Indian Institute of Fashion Technology in Guwahati.

He sought her ministry’s intervention to help the textile industry in Assam with modern technology and help the Assam weavers’ creation occupy the global market. Senior officers of the State government and railways were also present during the meeting.

Jardosh concluded a two-day visit to Assam on Friday.

Jardosh also met Assam Governor Jagadish Mukhi and briefed him about the enhancement of railway connectivity for the overall economic development of the state.

She also flagged off a passenger train service through a video link from NF Railway headquarters where MP Queen Oja, MP Kripanath Mallah, MP Pradan Baruah, MP Bhubaneswar Kalita, MP Pallab Lochan Das and MP Topon Kumar Gogoi were also present.

Jardosh also reviewed various activities related to connectivity, operation and passenger amenities.

NF Railway general manager Anshul Gupta gave a presentation to Minister on the overall performance of NF Railway (Open line) and day to day functioning pertaining to the operation of trains and development of passenger amenities in various states.

NF Railway (Construction) general manager Sunil Sharma along with senior railway officials from the construction organization also gave a presentation of the ongoing projects of railway construction in the Northeast.

Later, Jardosh inaugurated a new oxygen generator plant of 500 LPM capacity and laid the foundation stone of 40 bedded isolation ward at Central Hospital, Maligaon. The oxygen generator plant will provide a direct supply of oxygen to the patient admitted in the wards of the railway hospital.

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