Fakiragram Junction railway station

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Fakiragram
Indian Railway Station
Junction station
Location Fakiragram, Kokrajhar, Assam
India
Coordinates 26°21′53″N 90°11′11″E / 26.3646°N 90.1865°E / 26.3646; 90.1865Coordinates: 26°21′53″N 90°11′11″E / 26.3646°N 90.1865°E / 26.3646; 90.1865
Elevation 43 metres (141 ft)
Owned by Indian Railways
Operated by Northeast Frontier Railway
Line(s) New Jalpaiguri-New Bongaigaon section of Barauni-Guwahati line
Fakiragram-Golokganj-Dhubri branch line
Platforms 5
Construction
Structure type Standard on ground
Parking yes
Bicycle facilities No
Other information
Status Functioning
Station code FKM
Division(s) Alipurduar
History
Opened 1900–1910
Electrified to be done soon
Previous names Eastern Bengal Railway
Location
Fakiragram railway station is located in Assam
Fakiragram railway station
Fakiragram railway station
Location in Assam

Fakiragram is a railway station on the New Jalpaiguri-New Bongaigaon section of Barauni-Guwahati line and is located in Kokrajhar district in the Indian state of Assam. A branch line from Fakiragram connects to Dhubri.[1]

History[edit]

Fakiragram railway station came up with the construction of the Golokganj-Amingaon railway line by Assam-Behar State Railway in the 1900–1910 period. During the period Assam was connected to the rest of India entirely through eastern Bengal.[2]

In pre-independence days, there was a metre gauge line Katihar-Radhikapur- Biral-Parbatipur-Tista-Gitaldaha-Golokganj–Fakiragram.[3]

With the partition of India in 1947, the railway link to Assam through East Bengal was broken and Assam got delinked from the rest of India. Indian Railways took up the Assam Link Project in 1948 to build a rail link between Fakiragram and Kishanganj. Fakiragram was connected to the Indian railway system in 1950.[4]

Construction of the 265 km (165 mi) long 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) wide broad gauge Siliguri-Jogihopa line, between 1963 and 1965, brought broad gauge railways to Assam.[5][6]

Fakiragram-Dhubri line was opened in September 2010 after conversion to broad gauge.[7]

Electrification[edit]

Electrification of the Barauni-Katihar-Guwahati line was sanctioned in 2008.[8] In the document on Vision 2020 – A Blue Print for Railway Electrification Programme, in the list of ongoing projects the entire route km (836) is shown as balance work as on 1 April 2010.[9] The entire electrification project is scheduled to be completed by October, 2015.[10]

Amenities[edit]

Fakiragram railway station has one double-bedded retiring room.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fakiragram Junction Railway Station". india9. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  2. ^ John Hurd and Ian J.Kerr. "India's Railway History: A Research Handbook". page 175, table 6-3. Koninklijke Brill NV, Leien, The Netherlands. ISBN 978-90-04-23003-3. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Geography – International". IRFCA. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "India: the complex history of the junctions at Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri". IRFCA. Retrieved 12 November 2011. 
  5. ^ Moonis Raza & Yash Aggarwal. "Transport Geography of India: Commodity Flow and the Regional Structure of Indian Economy". page 60. Concept Publishing Company, A-15/16 Commercial Block, Mohan Garden, New Delhi – 110059. ISBN 81-7022-089-0. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Gauge conversion project in Assam". The Hindu Business Line, 24 May 2000. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Mamata flags off two trains- Dhubri-Kamakhya link after 22-year wait". The Telegraph, 14 September 2010. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "CCEA approves Rs. 506 crores for Barauni-Katihar-Guwahati section". Projects Today. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Vision 2020 – A Blue Print for Railway Electrification Programme" (PDF). Ministry of Railways, Government of India. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 July 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Rajya Sabha unstarred question no. 1677 to be answered on 7 December 2012". Ministry of Railways. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Retiring rooms in Northeast Frontier Railway". Indian Railways. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
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Terminus Northeast Frontier Railway zone