For the first time, Meghalaya gets electric trains

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  • Indian Railways completes Electrification of important sections between Abhayapuri – Pancharatna; Dudhnai – Mendipathar

  • Electrification will significantly improve the mobility of trains in Northeast India

Guwahati: NF Railway is progressing at full throttle and thus achieving the Indian Railways target of becoming a Net Zero Carbon Emitter by 2030.
In an endeavor for complete electrification, NF Railway has achieved another milestone by commissioning Dudhnai – Mendipathar (22.823 track km) single line section
and Abhayapuri – Pancharatna (34.59 track km) double line section on March 15. The Central Organisation for Railway Electrification (CORE) has carried out the
electrification works in these sections.
Mendipathar is the only railway station in the northeastern state of Meghalaya that is in operation since 2014 after being inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India.
After the commissioning of electric traction, trains hauled by electric locomotive will now be able to operate directly from Mendipathar in Meghalaya which will increase the
average speed. More passenger & freight-carrying trains will be able to operate through these sections with full sectional speeds. Punctuality will also increase in this
section. Parcel & freight-carrying trains hauled by electric locomotives from other states will be able to reach Meghalaya directly.

Electrification will significantly improve the mobility of trains in Northeast India. In addition to the reduction in pollution due to the shift from fossil fuel to electricity, the
efficiency of the Railway system in the region will also improve. This would facilitate seamless traffic and also save time for the trains moving to and from northeastern
states apart from savings in precious foreign exchange.

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