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Thursday, 31 January 2008

Our Correspondent

The process to launch electronic signalling system for Sylhet-Akhaura section of Bangladesh Railway is seventy five percent complete.

The on going work of launching electronic signalling system at the Sylhet-Akhaura section of the railway has already been completed at 17 out of 23 stations including the Kulaura junctions on the route, said sources in the railway.

'Work at the rest 5 stations is going on and is expected to be completed in a month or two,' they said. The communications ministry during the last government took the initiative under a development project involving an amount of about Tk 1.5 crore to modernise the backdated signalling system in order to do fast the inert-city train journey on the Sylhet-Akhaura rail route.

The railway department under the project called tenders after dividing 23 railway stations into two sections and two foreign companies got the work.

They began work in the second half of 2006, sources in the railway said. The LG Industrial System, a Korean company, got the work to renovate the signalling system at Akhaura, Azampur, Mukundapur, Harashpur, Mantala, Itakhala, Noyapara, Shahjee Bazar, Shayesthaganj, Kulaura and Sylhet railway station, involving Tk 1 crore.

Ircon International Limited, an Indian company, got the work of Laskarpur, Rashidpur, Satgaon, Shreemangal, Bhanugachh, Shamser Nagar, Tilagaon, Langla, Baramchal, Bhatera Bazar, Maijgaon and Moglabazar station on the railway route and the estimated budget of the work was Tk 50 crore, said sources concerned. Meanwhile, both the companies have completed the work of electronic signalling system at 17 stations.

The work at the rest five stations—Akhaura, Laskarpur, Rashidpur, Satgaon and Moglabazar station will be completed in about a month or two, the railway sources said. According to the railway officials, the crossing period for the trains at different stations on the Sylhet-Akhaura route will come decrease substantially after completion of the electronic signalling system.

The backdated 'non-inter locking' signalling system on the Sylhet-Akhaura route of the railway department has been running since its inception at the north-eastern region in the country from 1891.

The electronic signalling system on the Dhaka-Chittagong route had been launched more than a decade ago, the sources said.

The non-inter locking signalling system takes at least 40 to 45 minutes for crossing by two trains at different stations and the time will come down to 2 or 3 minutes after launching the electronic system, an official of the Sylhet Railway said.

Shahidul Haq, a senior sub-assistant engineer (signalling) in the Bangladesh Railway, said chances of accidents will also due to the modernised signalling system.

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