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Friday , June 22 , 2012
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Rain cuts hit Assam-Bengal rail service

Dhubri, June 21: Commuters have been hit because of the disruption of the daily train service between Dhubri and New Jalpaiguri since June 14.

The Inter-city express that runs on the newly laid track between Assam and Bengal from New Cooch Behar to Golokganj had to be cancelled because of severe rain cuts (loosening of soil under the tracks because of heavy rain).

An official source in the NF Railway said the 58.9km track from New Cooch Behar to Golokganj, which travels across five railway stations — Maradanga, Tufanganj, Boxirhat, Bidyardabri and Agomoni — had developed several rain cuts at different points.

Work is on to repair nearly 2.5km rain cuts along the track and it would take time to restore the train service on this route flagged off in February this year.

While resenting the disruption of the train service, a Dhubri businessman and a regular commuter, Sanjit Roy, said this train had brought much relief to people of north Bengal and this part of Assam as thousands of people travel by this train.

“The cancellation of this important train has created a great deal of inconvenience to daily and regular commuters. We do not want resumption of services hurriedly as it is matter of passengers’ safety but it should also not be delayed without any reason either,” Roy added.

The president of Dhubri Vikash Aru Pragati Manch, Shyamal Sanyal, said a team from the group would visit the area along the damaged track and request the railway authorities to repair them at the earliest.

NF Railway general manager R.S. Virdhi said the repair and filling up of rain cuts were on and it would take one month to get the train service back on track.

“We are concerned about passenger safety and will never take a chance on this front. However, I am hopeful that the train service on this route will be restored within a month from now,” Virdhi said.

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