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Electrification of Masagram-Bankura stretch to cut travel time

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Electrification of the stretch between and in West Bengal, would help trains avoid the congested suburban line and cut between the North East and south India, a South Eastern Railway official said.

The electrification of the 118 kilometre long Masagram-route, the only stretch waiting to get electrified in the whole Adra division of South Eastern Railway (SER), would also ensure a single traction for trains.

"This means that we will be able to use electric engines for the entire route from the North East to the south instead of having to change to diesel engines for the non-electrified section," SER told

"Also, getting caught in the busy Howrah-Bardhaman and Howrah-Kharagpur lines will soon be a thing of the past," he said.

Though the stretch between Kharagpur to via would be lengthier by 44 kilometre, avoiding these congested suburban sections, where EMU locals ply, would lead to lesser for the express trains, Ghosh said.

Using a single traction would entail a lesser detention en route, he noted.

"A large number of patients and between the North East and southern destinations of Bengaluru, and every day," he said.

station is choc a bloc with trains throughout the day and finds it hard to allot platforms for trains, leading to long waiting time outside the station, Ghosh added.

The 2018-19 Union Budget has sanctioned electrification of the 118-km stretch of Bankura-Mashagram rail link at a proposed cost of Rs 92.8 crore.

The SER said that the completion of 24-km rail link between Bowachandi and Khana Junction stations would also help reduce for trains between the north-east and various destinations in the south and the west.

The route, which was sanctioned in the Railway Budget of 2005-06, had faced land acquisition hurdles leading to delay in completion.

"The Railways has deposited Rs 14.34 crore with the government for land acquisition for the rail link. Around 90 per cent of the land required for the project has been handed over to SER," Ghosh said.

He said that the construction work was in full swing on the stretch and foundation and structure of a major bridge over have been laid.

This Bowachandi-Khana route will serve as an important link between SER's Adra division and Eastern Railway's division, reducing distance between Kharagpur and Khana by 19 kilometre, Ghosh said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 10:25 IST