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Rail connectivity for 3 more NE states by 2023

GUWAHATI/AGARTALA, AUG 29 (IANS) | Publish Date: 8/29/2020 12:00:59 PM IST

Six of the eight north-eastern states’ capital cities will come on the Indian railway map by March 2023, top railway officials said.

The Northeast Frontier Railways (NFR), which has already connected Assam’s main city Guwahati (adjoining capital Dispur), Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh’s capital cities, is laying tracks to connect the capital cities of three more NE states -- Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland -- by March 2023.

The first train in NE chugged out from the industrial city of Dibrugarh in eastern Assam 138 years ago. NFR’s general manager Sanjive Roy said new railway lines were laid to extend the railway lines in three more capital cities of North East-- Imphal, Aizawl and Kohima-- excluding Shillong and Gangtok.

“The work to lay the broad gauge railway line has been progressing well in Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland. There are some land-related and other environmental problems in Sikkim and Meghalaya, causing the delay in extending the railway networks in the two hilly states,” Roy told IANS. NFR, one among the 17 railway zones in India, operates fully and partially in six of the eight northeastern states, excluding Meghalaya and Sikkim, and in seven districts of West Bengal and five districts of north Bihar.

NFR said the government had sanctioned electrification of railway lines in the region and tender-related work was being undertaken for the purpose.

 

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