In a great boost to its complete electrification bid, the Northeast Frontier Railway has achieved another milestone by commissioning Dudhnai - Mendipathar (22.823 Track Kilometre) single line section and Abhayapuri - Pancharatna (34.59 Track Kilometre) double line section on March 15.
Thereby, Meghalaya will operate its first-ever electric trains as a result of the electrification of these two important routes.
According to the Ministry of Railways, the Central Organization for Railway Electrification (CORE) has carried out the electrification works in these sections.
Notably, this is a great step ahead for Indian Railways which is striving towards becoming a Net Zero Carbon Emitter by 2030.
Mendipathar is the only railway station in the Northeastern state of Meghalaya that is in operation since 2014 after being inaugurated by PM Modi.
'More passenger and freight carrying trains will be able to operate through these sections with full sectional speeds. Punctuality will also increase in this section. Parcel and freight carrying trains hauled by electric locomotives from other states will be able to reach Meghalaya directly," according to the official statement.
"Electrification will significantly improve the mobility of trains in northeast India. In addition to the reduction in pollution due to the shift from fossil fuel to electricity, the efficiency of the Railway system in the region will also improve," the statement said.
Additionally, this would facilitate seamless traffic and save the time of trains moving to and from northeastern states apart from savings in foreign exchange.
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