7,812 berths added in 21 trains, says NFR GM
DIMAPUR — The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) celebrated the 75th Republic Day at the NFRSA complex in Maligaon with Chetan Kumar Shrivastava, general manager of NFR, unfurling the National Flag during the event.
According to an official statement, Republic Day was also celebrated in all five divisions of the NFR, namely Tinsukia, Lumding, Rangiya, Alipurduar, and Katihar.
Shrivastava, speaking on the occasion, mentioned that under NFR, 115 additional coaches have been permanently attached to 21 pairs of trains, resulting in the addition of 7,812 berths. Additionally, 966 coaches have been temporarily attached to eight pairs of trains, and 565 trips of special trains have been operated to alleviate the passenger rush.
He also highlighted the addition of new stoppages at 20 stations to meet passenger demands. Furthermore, 14 coach restaurants have been made operational to enhance the hospitality sector. Shrivastava shared that 25.12 million tonnes of goods were unloaded up to December 2023, compared to 24.19 million tonnes up to December 2022, reflecting an increase of 3.84%.
The general manager also provided information about the operational status of train indication boards, coach indication boards, and integrated passenger information systems, which are now functional in 32 stations. Additionally, 11 new terminals have been opened to handle goods traffic and additional traffic. Moreover, round-the-clock operations have been initiated at 38 goods terminals.
For the improvement of safety and operational efficiency, he highlighted that 72 mail and express trains have been speeded up to maintain punctuality. Additionally, automatic fire detection and alarm systems have been commissioned at 58 stations. Fire prevention systems have been installed in 825 LHB coaches, 147 power cars, and 68 pantry cars.
Shrivastava further added that a 141-kilometer block section under NFR has been covered by the intrusion detection system and 1687 elephants have been saved since 2017.