Massive landslides in more than 50 locations spreading all over the Lumding–Badarpur hill section has completely disrupted the rail communication of the hilly states like Tripura, Manipur, Mizoram and south Assam with rest of the country since last May 14.
Nearly 2400 stranded railway passengers were rescued under challenging circumstances overcoming all odds from New Haflong and Ditokcherra.
Now with the evacuation process being over, NF Railway is targeting speedy restoration work in the entire section, stated a press release.
“NF Railway authorities are in touch with different organisations for the restoration work. But continuous inclement weather coupled with the difficult terrain is affecting the restoration work. Actual assessment of damage can be ascertained only after the water level recedes. The restoration work will need huge quantity of materials, manpower and machines. Movement of heavy machineries and materials is very difficult due to frequent breaches in portions connecting road with railway lines owing to the landslides,” a press release stated on May 17.
“NF Railway is trying to speed up the restoration work by arranging materials from various sources including far-flung areas. Once the weather becomes conducive the restoration work is expected to gain momentum. Restoration works in nearly 12 locations have already been completed,” the release added.