To alleviate the increased passenger traffic over the holiday season, special trains will begin running next week.
The special trains will run four times between Dibrugarh and Puri, once between Anand Vihar (T) – Katihar, Delhi – Katihar, and Anand Vihar (T) – Jogbani, and twice between New Jalpaiguri and Kanyakumari.
Some special trains
Train No. 05970 Dibrugarh – Puri Festival Special will run for four journeys on November 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2021 (Sunday), departing Dibrugarh at 19-25 hours and arriving in Puri at 11:00 hours.
Train No. 05969 Puri – Dibrugarh Festival Special will depart Puri at 05:30 hours on November 10, 17, 24, and December 1, 2021 (Wednesday) for four trips, arriving in Dibrugarh at 20:50 hours on Thursday.
Train number 09644/09643, The festival special Anand Vihar (T) – Katihar – Anand Vihar (T) will run in both directions for one trip. On October 31, 2021, the train will depart Anand Vihar (T) at 17:10 a.m. and arrive at Katihar junction at 20:01 a.m.
On November 1, 2021, at 23-30 hours, the train will depart from Katihar junction and arrive at 00-45 hours at Anand Vihar (T) on the third day.
Train number 09634/09633, The unique Delhi – Katihar – Delhi Festival will run once in each direction.
On November 1, 2021, the train will depart from Delhi at 15:05 a.m. and arrive at Katihar Junction at 19:30 a.m.
The train would depart Katihar junction at 22-30 hours on November 2, 2021, and arrive in Delhi at 02-45 hours on the third day.
Train number 09632/09631. Festival specials from Anand Vihar (T) to Jogbani – Anand Vihar (T) will run for one trip in each direction. On November 1, 2021, the train will depart from Anand Vihar (T) at 15:30 a.m. and arrive in Jogbani at 23:15 a.m.
The train will depart Jogbani at 01:20 a.m. on November 3, 2021, and arrive at Anand Vihar (T) at 08:45 a.m. the following day.
Train No. 05706 New Jalpaiguri – Kanyakumari Festival Special will run on November 5 and 12, 2021 (Friday), departing New Jalpaiguri at 15-10 hours and arriving in Kanyakumari at 22-00 hours on Sunday.
In the other route, Train No. 05705 Kanyakumari – New Jalpaiguri Festival Special will run twice: on November 8 and 15, 2021 (Monday), leaving Kanyakumari at 17-30 hours and arriving in New Jalpaiguri at 00-10 hours.
The details of these trains’ stoppages and timings can be found on the IRCTC website, as well as in N.F. Railway’s various newspapers and social media platforms. Before embarking on their travel, passengers are encouraged to review these details.
During the voyage, passengers are asked to follow the Covid-19-related safety measures and instructions of their individual states.
NEF’s collaboration with IIT Guwahati
The Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (IITG) and the North East Frontier Railway (NFR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding in April this year to work on research initiatives aimed at enhancing train maintenance and operations in the region, among other things, according to an official.
According to IITG Director Prof T G Sitharam, the institute will also assist the NFR in making its stations plastic-free by developing alternative biodegradable polymer-based solutions.
The NFR and IITG will collaborate on projects in geotechnical assistance, structure, bridges, information technology, overhead equipment, signalling and safety evaluation, Artificial Intelligence-based predictive maintenance systems, and Internet of Things design features, according to Sitharam.
The collaboration will also improve rolling stock maintenance and operations, yards, train operations, and green technology, according to the announcement.
The two organisations would also collaborate to build world-class railway stations in areas covered by the NFR, according to the statement.
The NFR is one of the Indian Railways’ 17 railway zones, and it is in charge of operating and expanding the railway network in the Northeastern states, as well as some districts in Bihar and West Bengal.