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Guwahati: Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has installed lifts and escalators in stations having large footfall as part of its commitment towards improvement of passenger amenities and making railway stations more commuter friendly in the region.

The NFR has also decided to provide more lifts and escalators to make it easier for passengers to board trains effortlessly.

“At present, there are 32 lifts and 22 escalators operating in major stations under five divisions of NF Railway. In addition, NFR is in the process of installing 11 lifts and 13 escalators in various stations under its jurisdiction,” a statement said.

Among the stations where lifts have been installed in Assam include Tinsukia (2), Guwahati (4), Lumding (3), Kamakhya (1), Dibrugarh (2), Badarpur (1), Silchar (2), Rangiya (2) and New Bongaigaon (2) stations.

“More lifts will be commissioned in New Tinsukia (2) and Mariani (2) stations,” an official said.

Similarly, escalators installed are operating in Guwahati (04), Lumding (02), Kamakhya (02), New Tinsukia (2) and Rangiya (2) stations. More escalators will be installed in Kamakhya (3), Guwahati (6) and Agartala (2) stations.  

“Lifts and escalators at railway stations have become a necessity in view of the difficulties faced by passengers, especially the elderly and differently-abled persons in movement over bridges to various platforms at large stations,” the official said.

“These facilities will provide easier access to passengers, help in providing them a pleasant experience of train journey and make the railway services more user-friendly,” he added.

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