Doubling is taken up when the routes are saturated. They are taken up in phases depending upon traffic density. As on date, 5 doubling projects have been taken up in North Eastern Region covering 472 km of route length. Details of these projects are as under:
Name of project
Latest Anticipated Cost (Rs in crore)
(Rs in crore)
Lumding-Hojai (45 km)
Earthwork and bridge works have been taken up.
New Bongaigaon-Kamakhya via Rangiya (142 km)
Work included in Budget 2013-14 subject to requisite Government approvals.
Bongaigaon-Goalpara-Guwahati (176 km)
Contracts for earthwork, major & minor bridges awarded.
Digaru-Hojai (102 km)
Earthwork, major & minor bridges have been taken up.
Saraighat Bridge doubling (7 km)
The work has been included in Budget 2017-18 subject to requisite approvals. FLS has been sanctioned.
With a view to providing faster and seamless rail connectivity on electric traction of North East States falling in North East Frontier Railway, electrification of Barauni-Katihar-Guwahati including Katihar-Barsoi (836 route kilometers) and Kumedpur-Malda Town-Singhabad & Pakur-Malda (153 route kilometers) has been sanctioned. The work has been entrusted to Central Organisation for Railway Electrification (CORE) and Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) for execution.
In addition to above, 04 Railway Electrification projects which falls in North East Frontier Railway have also been included in Budget 2017-18 subject to mandatory approvals and sanctions.
Anticipated cost (Rsin crores)
Guwahati-Dibrugarh via Tinsukia and Simaluguri-Dibrugarh
New Bongaigaon-Agthori via Rangiya
Raninagar-Jalpaiguri-Samuktala Road (2nd line)
Electric traction has started in Katihar Yard on North East Frontier Railway after commissioning of Barauni-Katihar section on electric traction on 31.03.2017. Further, Katihar-Kumedpur Malda Court (117 Route Kilometers) is planned for commissioning on Electric traction during 2017-18.
This Press Release is based on the information given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on 04.08.2017 (Friday).