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)