Meeting the demand of the local passengers, Barddhaman-Balgona section having a stretch of 25.01 km has been converted from Narrow Gauge to Broad Gauge and regular EMU train services on this section are on.
For more effective train movement, a total of 141.48 km different single line sections have been converted to double line including Barasat-Sondalia, Chandpara-Bongaon, Ghutiari Sharif-Canning, Krishnanagar-Dhubulia,Ambika Kalna-Dhatrigram etc.
A total of 122.81 km new railway tracks have been opened on areas where previously there were no train services like Rampurhat-Pinargoria, Talpur-Arambag, Gokulnagar-Maynapur Halt etc. This will undoubtably help the people of these areas to avail speedy communication facilities.
For the benefit of suburban passengers, 56 additional services of 12- coach EMU trains have been made.
This year railway introduced five weekly new Mail/Express trains for important destinations including Howrah-Lalkuan Express, Asansol-Chennai Express, Barrackpore-Azamgarh Express, Howrah-New Jalpaiguri Express, Kolkata- Dibrugarh Express.
Additional coaches have been attached to thee important Mail/Express trains including one AC 3 tier coach in Sealdah Rajdhani Express (12313/12314). Frequency of three Mail/Express trains is made daily including Howrah-Malda Town Express.
Moreover, three Express trains are upgraded to Superfast trains including Sealdah- Rampurhat Express (12373/12374), Sealdah-Asansol Intercity Express (12383/12384), Howrah-Dhanbad Black Diamond Express (22387/22388).
--IBNS (Posted on 15-09-2013)