Agartala: Sabroom, the southernmost part of Tripura, is all set to mark its presence on the Indian railway map after the Commission for Railway Safety (CRS) gave a green signal to the last stretch of 39 km between Belonia and Sabroom on Monday.
The Agartala-to-Sabroom stretch is about 114 km, of which work on 75 km between Agartala and Belonia was completed by Northeast Frontier (NF) railway in February this year.
Speaking at a press conference, CRS Kolkata circle RK Sharma said that the route between Belonia and Sabroom was inspected on Monday and the team had gone through every aspect starting from bridges, track, tunnel, stations, availability of passenger’s conveniences and the safety measures available to avert any situations.
“The inspection was good, although some minor works are left, which will be completed by the concerned authorities in a week’s time. The NF Railway management will decide on the date for the inauguration of this route once the scrutiny and verification of certificates are done by our team,” Sharma said.
The Agartala-Sabroom stretch was first sanctioned in 2007. Work on the route is being completed in phases — the first between Agartala and Udaipur was completed in January 2017; the second between Udaipur and Gargi in January 2018 and third between Garji and Belonia in February this year. “The last one was completed today,” Sharma added.
The Belonia-Sabroom route has four stations — Belonia, Jolaibari, Manu and Sabroom. One halt station will be at Thailik Twaisa.
This 114 km route has a 686-mt-long tunnel, 25 major, 241 minor and two long bridges. In addition, it has 67 roads over bridges and 76 under bridges.
Meanwhile, the station managers will start getting trained so that once the route is open the manager can take charge of the four stations.
The CRS team also informed that the state government has been coordinating with the railway team and therefore the work has been completed much before the deadline.
Talking about the Agartala-Akhaura railway route, he said that the work is under process and the project is likely to be completed by the end of 2020.