‘Centre committed to connect all N-E States through broad-gauge rail lines

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 May 2017 09:36:12

NAHARLAGUN (Arunachal Pradesh), 

(PTI) THE Government is committed to connecting all north eastern States through broad-gauge rail lines, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said on Sunday. Broad-gauge (BG) tracks totalling 8.5 lakh km will also be laid across the country, he said. “Connectivity in the northeast is the priority of the Centre and efforts are underway for the electrification of all the BG lines in the region in the next five years,” Prabhu said after flagging off a train and laying the foundation of a project through video conferencing from the NFR head quarters at Maligaon in Guwahati.

The minister said that railway projects worth Rs 90,000 crore have been undertaken for all the States in the region since NDA came to power in 2014. “The railway ministry introduced 26 new trains forthe north east during 2016-17,” he said. Earlier, he flagged off the Naharlagun-Guwahati Shatabdi Express and laid the foundation of the Murkongselek Pasighat broad gauge line in Arunachal Pradesh.

He also announced commencement of surveys for seven new lines in the State. The lines are LekhapaniKharsang (25 km), Itakhola Seijosa (18 km), DoomdoomaNamsai-Wakro (96 km), DangriRoing (60 km), Deomali Naharkatia (20 km), LekhapaniMiao-Deban (75 km) and Tinsukia-PasighatviaSimaluguri and Kanubari (300 km).

Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said the new lines would give a fillip to the industrial corridor in the Arunachal Pradesh. Stating thatthe firstinroads of railways in the state began in 2015 after Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the Nahar lagun New Delhi Express train, he said the State had earlier been neglected in this sector. Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu said the agri-horti sectors in the state would get a major boostthrough railway connectivity. Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain promised that the survey work of the seven BG lines will be completed by December next year