Commissioner of railway safety Sailesh Kumar Pathak inspecting the Agartala-Sabroom railway section

Agartala: Inspecting the newly-laid railway tracks between Belonia and Sabroom stations, commissioner of railway safety (CRS) Sailesh Kumar Pathak said that Tripura is the only state in the country to not have any level crossing in the entire 110-km-long Agartala-Sabroom stretch.

The new rail line will connect Agartala to the southernmost town of Sabroom from where Chittagong seaport of Bangladesh is just 72 km away.

Speaking at a press conference, Pathak said that the Agartala-Sabroom route is the first of its kind to not have any level crossing. This is to be implemented across the country by 2022, as announced by the minister of railways Piyush Goyal last year.

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“This is a big achievement of a state like Tripura to have become the first state under Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) particularly, and India as a whole, to have implemented this,” Pathak said.

Talking about the inspection of the 38-km route between Belonia-Sabroom, the CRS said that the route was covered in about 22 minutes at a speed of 120 kmph. The passenger trains can run at a speed of 100 kmph without having any issue. However, some minor measures are to be taken and those will be added soon, he added.

Earlier, in July, the route was inspected by the CRS but the green signals were put on hold for some corrections and changes in the system. Now, since the system is ready and the inspection was very good and the same was expressed by the CRS, the route is likely to be opened in a short while.

This is also for the first time in NFR history that any state has used the modern signal system across the entire 110-km section.

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