Railways planning to expand network in Northeast: Minister Gohain
(Sourced from PTI)
Union Minister Rajen Gohain today said the railways was planning to expand its network in the entire Northeast including Arunachal Pradesh. "With the inauguration of the Bogibeel Bridge over Brahmaputra River likely in May-June this year, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh will immensely benefit as the bridge will reduce distance between Itanagar and Eastern Arunachal districts," the Union Minister of State for Railways said.
Gohain exuded confidence that all the northeastern states would be connected by rail-network soon as survey and construction works are ongoing in most of them except Meghalaya, where no land has been provided to the railways by the state government. He disclosed that the Railway ministry has already sanctioned an amount of Rs. 400cr for undertaking final location survey of Misamari-Bhalukpong-Tenga-Tawang line (378 km).
The minister informed that in the 2018-19 Union budget, proposals have been made for electrification of Rangiya-Rangapara North-Harmutti-Naharlagun section of the broad gauge line with a total distance of 398 kilometers and the works would be executed by Central Organisation for Railway Electrification (CORE).