Guwahati, July 17, 2019
The project will be completed by 2022-23 and will be executed by Construction Organization of NFR, the Union Minister for Railways Piyush Goyal said in a press conference.
The line capacity utilization of the section between New Bongaigaon and Agya Thuri via Rangiya is more than 100 per cent. Traffic on this section will further increase as Rangiya-Murkongselek Broad Gauge line has already been commissioned in 2015-16 and Bogibeel Bridge new line has been commissioned recently.
“To remove the existing capacity constraints of the existing network and to handle the increasing freight and passenger traffic, doubling of New Bongaigaon – Agthori via Rangiya is required. Overall operative performance of the track will improve by the doubling and congestion of section will also reduce to the great extent,” Goyal said.
The minister further said the project will also generate direct employment during construction for about 34.31 lakh man-days. The alignment for the approved doubling will traverse through Bongaigaon, Baksa, Barpeta, Nalbari and Kamrup district of Assam.
The Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal hailed the PM and said, “Another long-standing demand of the people of Assam fulfilled, easing traffic on the 143 km New Bongaigaon-Agthori stretch. Connectivity in Assam and North East touching new frontiers each passing day. That’s the work speed under PM.”