Guwahati: The Northeast Frontier Railway is now focusing all of its resources on repairing the damaged line and resuming train service to South Assam, Manipur, Tripura and Mizoram.
The bad weather has caused numerous landslides and water logging in the Lumding – Badarpur hill region of the Lumding division and railway connectivity with the southern part of the Northeast has been disrupted.
Landslides have been reported in 58 spots along the railway alignment in the last few days. In these tough conditions, restoration work has already been performed at roughly 12 locations, said official.
As per official, N. F. Railway initiated restoration by mobilising men, material and machinery led by Railway’s skilled team of engineers, officers and staff.
However, efforts are to assist movement of railway staff to reach out to the affected areas so that restoration work can be completed in the least possible time, official stated.
The N. F. Railway technical team, which has been dispatched to expedite the restoration of the section, is familiar with the terrain and capable of working in the harsh conditions of the Northeast.
Meanwhile, N. F. Railway, in collaboration with RailTel, assured that the stranded passengers have access of the internet connectivity. The trains took proactive measures to prevent panic among travellers and their loved ones, said official.
Furthermore, N. F. Railway has also refunded the ticket fares to the affected passengers.
Refund amounting to more than Rs 13.5 lacs has already been made for 1678 passengers till now. Remaining affected passengers can claim their refunds on IRCTC website (for e-tickets) and at PRS counters of the concerned stations (for window tickets), official said.