RAILWAY MINSITER INAUGURATES SANTRAGACHI-JHARGRAM MEMU PASSENGER THROUGH VIDEO CONFERENCE
FROM RAIL BHAWAN
Kolkata, 12thFebruary, 2015:
Sri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Hon’bleMinister for Railways flagged off Santragachi-Jhargram MEMU Passenger along with three other trains and extension of one train through Video Conference from Rail Bhawan, New Delhi today (12/02/2015). Sri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of State for Railways was specially present on the occasion. The flagging off of trains by remote was done through Telepresence Service provided by Rail Tel a PSU of Ministry of Railways.
At Santragachi Railway Station Sri Jatu Lahiri, Hon’ble Member of Legislative Assembly, West Bengal graced the occasion of inaugural run of Santragachi- Jhargram MEMU. Sri Goutam Banerjee, Divisional Railway Manager, Kharagpur was also present.
Shri Lahiri thanked the Raiway Authority for introduction of this new service and appealed to the Railway Administration to take more passenger amenity measures in Santragachi area.
Divisional Railway Manager, Kharagpur Sri Goutam Banerjee while addressing the gathering at Santragachi said that this pair of MEMU Passengers would run five days a week except Saturday and Sunday which will establish a direct connectivity for people of Kolkata, Howrah and Jangalamahal of Paschim Medinipur.
Santragachi-Jhargram MEMU Passenger with No. 68001 will leave Santragachi at 06:45 hours and will reach Jhargram at 09:35 hours. In the return direction, Jhargram-Santragachi MEMU Passenger with No.68008 will depart Jhargram at 09:50 hours and will arrive Santragachi at 12:35 hours.
This pair of new trains will stop at Uluberia, Bagnan, Mecheda, Panskura, Haur, Radhamohanpur, Balichak, Kharagpur, Kalaikunda, Khemasuli, Sardiha and Banstala between Santragachi-Jhargram-Santragachi.
Hon’ble Minister for Railways also flagged off a Weekly Express Train (18629/18630) between Ranchi and New Jalpaiguri through remote from Rail Bhawan, New Delhi today(12.02.2015). on the inaugural day, this Weekly Express ran as a Special Train. The regular run of Ranchi-New Jalpriguri Weekly Express (18629/18630) will start on 19/02/2015 from Ranchi and 20/02/2015 from New Jalpaiguri. The train (18629) will leave Ranchi at 05:45 hours every Thursday and will reach New Jalpaiguri at 04:00 hours, the next day. In the return direction ,the train (18630) will leave New Jalpaiguri at 05:15 hours every Friday and will arrive Ranchi at 03:30 hours, the next day.
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SOUTH EASTERN RAILWAY
BAGNAN ROAD OVER BRIDGE
OPENED FOR ROAD TRAFFIC
Kolkata, 1st August, 2014:
The Road Over Bridge at Bagnan was opened to Road Traffic today i.e. 1stAugust, 2014. The construction of Bagnan Road Over Bridge, a stretch of 1180 metres long at the Level Crossing Gate No.39 at Howrah end of Bagnan Station in Howrah- Kharagpur Section has been completed with a revised estimated cost of Rs.43.56 crore borne by the South Eastern Railway and Govt. of West Bengal in ratio of 50:50. The opening of the Road Over Bridge at Bagnan will immensely help the local people as well as adjacent areas and will ease out the road traffic and make the train running smooth.
JUSTIFICATION OF CONSTRUCTION OF
ROAD OVER BRIDGE AT BAGNAN
The existing Bagnan-Kamalpur Road connecting NH-6 runs along the railway track and after crossing the Level Crossing Gate No.39 on Howrah-Kharagpur Section it passes southward towards Kamalpur. For the frequent movement of high speed EMU and Superfast Mail/ Express trains, the Level Crossing has to be kept closed a number of times, approximately 150 times per day, with a total time of closing being more than 14 hours a day. Moreover, the traffic vehicles unit over this level crossing reached more than 6.6 lakhs in the year 2013. Consequently, the blockage of traffic is a regular affair at this level crossing. With a view to overcome this bottleneck, the provision of a Road Over Bridge in lieu of existing level crossing was felt necessary.
COMPLETION OF GIGANTIC WORK BY RAILWAY
The two-lane Road Over Bridge has been constructed with a carriage way of 7.5 metres width and footpath of 1.5 metres width on both sides. The length of Road Over Bridge in railway portion is 55.47 metres having two-shore spans of 15 metres each and a main span of 25.47 metres passing across four railway lines.
In the railway portion, the main span of 25.47 metres has been provided with “I” section of PSC Girder of three numbers each having weight of approximate 60 tonnes. The Girders were casted on the ground about 50 metres away from the track. Launching of all the girders on the Piers across four railway lines was a challenging task. The special launching methodology putting the PSC girders on a specially designed Wheel Mounted Trolley kept on a temporary railway track across the existing four main lines railway track and then lifting the girders with the help of two numbers of 140-tonne railway crane. Such launching scheme was never done in the railway history earlier, but the whole work was done very successfully in a record time of 8 hours which was a commendable task done by South Eastern Railway. This massive gigantic work was successfully completed much before schedule with the dedicated and untiring efforts by the work force of 500 officers, engineers and staff deployed for the launching of 3 girders of road over bridge.
The portion above the railway track was constructed by SER whereas the approach road on both sides was constructed by the Govt. of West Bengal.
The Road Over Bridge was opened in presence of the Hon’ble MP Janab Sultan Ahmed and other dignitaries.From SER side, those present included Shri Ratan Kumar, Chief Administrative Officer(Construction) and Shri Vipin Kumar, Chief Engineer (Construction) / Head Quarters.
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