Linking The Capitals Of North Eastern States By Railway

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Rail connectivity already exists for capital cities of Assam (Guwahati), Tripura (Agartala) and Arunachal Pradesh (Itanagar).  To provide connectivity to capitals of Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland and Mizoram, following new line projects have been taken up:

(Rs in crores)

State Capital Name of project (length) Anticipated cost Expenditure upto March 2016 Outlay 2016-17
Meghalaya Shillong Byrnihat-Shillong (108 km) 5308 21 300
Manipur Imphal Jiribam-Imphal (125 km) 6571 4891 1000
Nagaland Kohima Dimapur-Kohima (88 km) 2973 150 350
Mizoram Aizawl Bhairabi-Sairang (51 km) 2820 544 500
Sikkim Gangtok Sivok-Rangpo (44 km)* 4190 281 250


*Sivok-Rangpo New Line has been taken up to connect Sikkim but the proposal to extend this line upto its capital i.e Gangtok has not been taken up.

Agartala, the capital of Tripura, has been brought on Broad Gauge network with introduction of goods trains in February, 2016.

These projects are being funded through Railway Budget.

Completion of projects depends on many factors such as land acquisition, forestry and wild life clearances, shifting of services, construction of road over and road under bridges by road maintaining agencies, law and order situation etc. in addition to availability of funds.  As many of these factors are not within the control of Railways, it is not feasible to fix timelines for all the projects.  However, Railways have taken various measures to expedite completion of projects including substantial increase in allocation of funds, prioritization of projects, delegation of powers at field level, inviting the State Governments to participate with Railways for resource mobilization for projects, nomination of nodal officers for improved co-ordination with the State Governments etc.

This Press Release is based on information given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on 06.05.2016 (Friday).



(Release ID :145000)



2 Responses

  1. The projects are necessary.

  2. Many people are blaming that North east is ignored by all. You are helping lot of people out here seeking help. Hats off!!

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