Rail connectivity to southern Assam, Tripura, Mizoram and Manipur will resume soon as the Railways completed the restoration work after tracks were damaged due to rainfall and landslides.
An official communication from NF Railway on July 12 said that the restoration work has been completed within the targeted timeframe. “Full-fledged rail connectivity will soon resume to and from the southern part of the Northeast starting with freight services. Railway has put all its efforts in restoring the damaged line and re-starting the train services,” the statement said.
Due to multiple landslides triggered by pre-monsoon heavy showers in the Dima Hasao district of Assam, the southern part of the state along with Tripura, Mizoram and Manipur were cut off from rail connectivity since May.
Though the NF Railway had immediately started the restoration process on this route, heavy rainfall in the hilly Dima Hasao district was acting as a barrier.
“Trial engine runs were conducted successfully on all the affected locations. Full-fledged rail connectivity will soon resume on the Lumding-Badarpur route. NF Railway has put all its efforts in restoring the damaged line and restarting the train services,” the statement added.
The railway ministry had earlier sanctioned Rs 180 crore for the restoration of the snapped railway lines in Dima Hasao district.