Final location survey of 3 railway lines in Arunachal announced

1 Apr 2017

To expand railway connectivity in Arunachal Pradesh and provide impetus to the strategic state from the security point of view, the Centre today formally announced the final location survey of three strategic railway lines.
Union minister of state for communication and railways Manoj Sinha and minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju formally announced commencement of the final survey at Naharlagun railway station here. The Centre, Sinha said, is attaching top priority to the North-East and the NDA government has allocated a whopping Rs 5,886 crore for development of railway connectivity in the region. It is committed to connecting all states with broad gauge railway tracks by 2020, he said. The three proposed lines Bhalukpong-Tenga-Tawang (378 km), North Lakhimpur-Bame-Aalo-Silapathar (247.85 km) and Pasighat-Tezu-Parsuram Kund-Rupai (227 km) will improve connectivity to northern and eastern frontiers of Arunachal Pradesh.
"They will also help from the security point of view besides accelerating socio-economic development of the people," Sinha said in his address. The realistic cost assessment of the three projects would be known only after completion of final location surveys but is expected to be around Rs 70,000 crore. Though the survey for Pasighat-Tezu-Parshuram Kund-Rupai project can be completed within a short time but the other two will take time due to the hostile terrain, he said adding modern technique would be adopted to overcome the challenge. The survey by Northeast Frontier Railway (NeFR) is expected to be completed by October 2020.

The minister assured to look into demands for introduction of goods and freight service train, introduction of a train between Naharlagun and Bangalore, Rajdhani Express status to the weekly AC express train and land acquisition for expansion of railways at Borum (Naharlagun). (PTI)