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Railways plan to execute 491 projects in NE

AGARTALA, JUL 11 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 7/11/2019 11:29:46 AM IST

Railway Ministry will execute 491 projects in seven northeastern states at a cost of ` 6.48 lakh crore, Lok Sabha member from Tripura Pratima Bhowmik said on Thursday quoting Railway Minister Piyush Goyal. Bhowmik in a statement from New Delhi said that Goyal in his reply to her question in Parliament on Wednesday said that 189 new railway lines, 55 gauge conversion and 247 doubling projects are in different stages of planning, approval, execution in the states. The total length of these projects is 48,861 km. The total expenditure on the projects upto March this year is `1.43 lakh crore and length commissioned is 9,113 km, Bhowmik quoted Goyal as saying. Goyal said that by 2021-22 fiscal, all the railway lines in the seven North Eastern states -- Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura - would be electrified. The Minister said that the timely completion of any railway project depends on various factors like quick land acquisition by state government, forest clearance, shifting of infringing utilities (both underground and over ground) and statutory clearances from various authorities, among others.

 

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