Meghalaya has achieved a milestone in its railway connectivity with the commissioning of the Dudhnai-Mendipathar railway line, which marks the state’s first electric train service. The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has commissioned the 22.82 km track, which includes a single-line section from Dudhnai to Mendipathar, and a double-line section from Abhayapuri to Pancharatna spanning 34.59 km.
Central Organisation for Railway Electrification carries out electrification works in the newly commissioned sections in Meghalaya
According to Sabysaschi De, Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of NFR, the Central Organisation for Railway Electrification (CORE) carried out the electrification works in these sections. The commissioning of the electric traction will allow trains hauled by electric locomotive to operate directly from Mendipathar, the only operational railway station in Meghalaya since 2014.
The introduction of electric trains in the state will increase the average speed of trains and improve punctuality. Moreover, more passenger and freight carrying trains will be able to operate through these sections with full sectional speeds. Parcel and freight carrying trains hauled by electric locomotives from other states will now be able to reach Meghalaya directly.
The electrification of the railway line is expected to significantly improve the mobility of trains in the northeast region. The shift from fossil fuel to electricity will not only reduce pollution but also improve the efficiency of the railway system in the area. The seamless traffic will save time for the trains moving to and from the northeastern states, apart from savings in precious foreign exchange.
The electrification of the railway line in Meghalaya is a significant step towards improving the railway connectivity in the northeast region. The region has been under-connected for years, and the introduction of electric trains will give a boost to the economy by facilitating better transportation of goods and passengers.
The commissioning of the Dudhnai-Mendipathar railway line marks the beginning of a new era in the railway infrastructure of Meghalaya. The state is now connected to the rest of the country with an electric train service, which will lead to better mobility and connectivity.
In addition, the electrification of the railway line will lead to a significant reduction in pollution and environmental degradation, contributing to the government’s goal of achieving a cleaner and greener India. It is a step towards sustainable development and will pave the way for more such initiatives in the future.
The commissioning of the railway line has been received positively by the people of Meghalaya, who see it as a game-changer for the state’s economy. The improved connectivity will enable better trade and commerce, leading to increased employment opportunities and income for the people.
The NFR has stated that it is committed to the development of railway infrastructure in the northeast region and will continue to work towards improving the connectivity and mobility in the region.
Meghalaya is also home to various indigenous tribes, each with their own unique culture and traditions. The state is a popular tourist destination, with attractions such as the living root bridges, waterfalls, and caves drawing visitors from around the world. The economy of Meghalaya is primarily driven by agriculture, with tourism and mining also playing significant roles.
Reduction in pollution due to shift from fossil fuel to electricity and savings in foreign exchange expected
In conclusion, the commissioning of the Dudhnai-Mendipathar railway line is a significant achievement for Meghalaya, as it marks the state’s first electric train service. The introduction of electric trains will improve the mobility of goods and passengers, increase average speed and punctuality, and reduce pollution. It is a step towards sustainable development and will pave the way for more such initiatives in the future.