Travel Tip
 Conf TL
 RF Club
 FM Alert
Forum Super Search
Posting Date From:
Posting Date To:
Train Type:
ONLY with Pic/Vid:
Sort by: Date:     Word Count:     Popularity:     
Public:    Pvt: Monitor:    RailFan Club:    

Full Site Search
  Full Site Search  
Sat Apr 21, 2018 05:49:03 ISTHomeTrainsΣChainsAtlasPNRForumGalleryNewsFAQTripsLoginFeedback

Blog Entry# 3166053
Posted: Mar 03 2018 (15:07)

6 Responses
Last Response: Mar 17 2018 (16:47)
Rail News
New Facilities/TechnologyNFR/Northeast Frontier  -  
Mar 02 2018 (19:57)   Coming Soon: West Bengal - Sikkim Rail project

Entry# 3166053   News Entry# 330642         Tags   Past Edits
KOLKATA: Riding a train to picturesque Sikkim and moving troops and armaments faster towards Indo-Tibet border might not just be a dream anymore.
With the Supreme Court giving green signal to the 45 km railway project from Sevoke in West Bengal to Rangpo in Sikkim, a Ministry of Railway team led by Railway Board chairman Ashwani Lohani is set to visit the Himalayan region on March 2 to examine the infrastructural readiness of Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) and meet its officials to discuss the stipulated date for commencement of laying of tracks and building of tunnels to reach the Himalayan state.
move gains significance as the two Asian giants were locked in a 70-day stand-off at Doklam Plateau at the Indo-Tibet-Bhutan tri-junction last year.
Though then railway minister Mamata Banerjee laid the foundation stone for the project on October 30, 2009, the Rs 1,339 crore project which had a completion deadline of 2015 never saw the light of the day due to pitched protests by environmental activists over concerns that the speeding trains might kill protected animals in the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary through which the tracks will pass. The concerns arise from incidents of several elephants and leopards being annually mowed down by speeding trains in the forested region of Dooars in north Bengal.
However, a Supreme Court bench led by Justice T S Thakur approved the project in February 2016 with strict guidelines of the National Wildlife Board that cleared the project in June 2015 but ordered restricted speed, wireless animal tracking sensors and allowed digging of tunnels only during daytime.
Sikkim chief minister Pawan Kumar Chamling was the main proponent of the railways citing both security and socio-economic reasons. While the railways to Sikkim will help troops and armaments move faster towards the Indo-Tibet border in the wake of China reportedly building railway tracks from Lhasa towards their side of the border, it will also help the landlocked state to stay connected with rest of India during all times.
Presently, Sikkim is connected with rest of India through only National Highway 10 which is prone to frequent landslides and blockades during Gorkhaland agitations that erupt every few years.
Train to Sikkim
Estimated cost: Rs 1,339.48 crore
From and to: Sevoke to Rangpo
Total railway line length: 44.98 km
Stations in between: Riang, Gailkhola, Tista Bazaar, Melli
Nearest junction: New Jalpaiguri (30 km from Sevoke)
Route under tunnels: 38.53 km (85.86%)
Number of bridges: 28
Number of tunnels: 14
Longest tunnel: 5.1 km

1 posts - Sat Mar 03, 2018

Mar 03 2018 (15:09)
sreerup kol~   6412 blog posts   791 correct pred (68% accurate)
Re# 3166053-2            Tags   Past Edits
But it will be profitable, as the region is heavily filled with tourists.

Mar 03 2018 (16:02)
Baaz SGUJ WDP4~   1413 blog posts   45 correct pred (63% accurate)
Re# 3166053-3            Tags   Past Edits
*As a new rail line is made from Sikkim which will join the chord line of NJP-NBQ segment, Railway should also explore options for a by pass line before SGUJ such that the chord line joins the NJP-AUB chord line at Matigara by passing SGUJ.
*Likewise, in order to further cope up with disruptions, another railway line can be explored to connect Raiganj with AUB, for AUB lies right at the core of the chicken neck.
*Railway can also invest in Wildlife crossings in the SGUJ-APDJ route making it more environment friendly by
making underpass tunnels, viaducts, and overpasses. Any such investment along with doubling of the route will not only strengthen the existing routes but also provide safety to animals like elephants. However, such things are more required in the Chaparmukh area in GHY-LMG segment where such accidents have been reported in the recent past.

Mar 03 2018 (20:53)
Mazi IRI~   1017 blog posts
Re# 3166053-4            Tags   Past Edits
Now it's time to start up the Project

Mar 17 2018 (12:46)
nobhonil10~   1793 blog posts
Re# 3166053-5            Tags   Past Edits
SGUJ s position in the core of the city has made it unavailable for expansion.It can at least hasve some expansion so that trains originating from NJP can be made to originate from SGUJ only serving Siliguri City. NJP should have more PFs so that it can accomodate long distance trains to and fro

Mar 17 2018 (16:47)
Baaz SGUJ WDP4~   1413 blog posts   45 correct pred (63% accurate)
Re# 3166053-6            Tags   Past Edits
The problem with SGUJ is not just in terms of Railway expansion but also approach-ability by road that would be catastrophic if SGUJ expands beyond a limit. On a normal day, a road traffic jam near Mahananada bridge and SGUJ thing is a regular affair. Not to forget the presence of a bus stand near by.
I'm not sure to what extent then, an increase in footfall at the station would affect the present state.
The expansion of SGUJ should not be problem, a couple of platforms can be easily made there considering
that MG Railbus has been permanently discontinued.
On the bit where NJP expansion should happen, that is actually a valid point. The problem with NJP, I think is that there are certain time periods when the load is high. Hence, the distribution of trains throughout the day is uneven which creates problems. At certain times in afternoon, I've seen all the platforms of NJP un-occupied as well. In any case, a couple of new platforms, would really help in those peak hours when trains are stranded near Ragapani and Ambari Falakata.

ARP (Advanced Reservation Period) Calculator

Reservations Open Today @ 8am for:
Trains with ARP 10 Dep on: Tue May 1
Trains with ARP 15 Dep on: Sun May 6
Trains with ARP 30 Dep on: Mon May 21
Trains with ARP 120 Dep on: Sun Aug 19


Rail News

New Trains

Site Announcements

  • Entry# 2547009
    Oct 16 2017 (10:21PM)

    As per the recent post , the new Pax Login feature has now been introduced. Here are the details of the feature set. . 1. Now you may login to the site as a Member or a Passenger, or BOTH Member & Passenger at the same time. Passenger login is called "Pax Login"...
  • Entry# 2517609
    Oct 11 2017 (09:33AM)

    As detailed here , last month, some changes were made to the PNR section. In the next phase of this rollout, we shall be further separating "Passengers" from "Members". . 1. "Passengers" will be able to login using ONLY their PNRs (no password). We shall have a Pax Login above the current...
  • Entry# 2418661
    Sep 25 2017 (07:09AM)

    @all: There are some changes coming to the PNR Forum. 1. All PNRs will be anonymized, i.e. you won't see who posted the PNRs or search PNRs by Traveller. This is to better protect the confidentiality of travelling members and their travel plans. However, members will still be able to search their OWN...
  • Entry# 2409730
    Sep 15 2017 (11:46PM)

    In recent times, the number of FM Complaints regarding "targeting me", "offensive content", "sarcastic comment", "bashing", etc. have been increasing. This has led to increased censorship and throttling of open discussions. . This is a clarification that this site is meant for a FREE EXCHANGE of ideas. Some arguments/debates/disagreements/jokes/sarcasm are ALLOWED and are...
  • Entry# 2390218
    Aug 25 2017 (12:59PM)

    There has been a partial rollout of a modification to Timeline entries. The implementation will be complete within a week. 1. Void & RAC buttons have been removed. . 2. TL Entries can now be Edited and Fixed by the original updater, if there are errors. So there is no need to Void TLs...
  • Entry# 2175399
    Feb 23 2017 (01:22PM)

    There has recently been a lot of frustration among RFs when their Station Pics, Loco Pics, Train Pics get rejected because the "number is not showing", "shed is not visible", the loco/train is at a distance, Train Board is too small, "better pic available", etc. . To address this issue, effective tomorrow, ALL...
Scroll to Top
Scroll to Bottom
Go to Mobile site
Disclaimer: This website has NO affiliation with the Government-run site of Indian Railways. This site does NOT claim 100% accuracy of fast-changing Rail Information. YOU are responsible for independently confirming the validity of information through other sources.