Rail Network in Arunachal Pradesh set to see Unprecedented Growth

Itanagar:  The railway authorities yesterday said Arunachal Pradesh’s rail network is set to see unprecedented growth in coming months.

During the 29th Statehood Day celebrations here on February 20, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had flagged off two trains – a daily inter-city service to Guwahati and a weekly AC train to New Delhi.

During a meeting with Chief Minister Nabam Tuki yesterday, the General Manager of North East Frontier Railway said the Balipara-Bhalukpong track which would connect Sonitpur district in Assam with West Kameng in Arunachal Pradesh, has been completed and is “awaiting a trial run in April”.

He told the chief minister that a proposal to connect Parshuram Kund, a holy site of the Hindus, in Lohit district with Pasighat in East Siang through Tezu is in the pipeline.

Singh also discussed with Tuki the Aalo-Silapathar-North Lakhimpur line which is currently non-operational.

While the train services were launched with much fanfare, introduction of railway in the state faced stumbling blocks.

The first train service to the state from Dekargaon near Tezpur in Assam was discontinued just a month after its launch following protests from unions over the absence of a mechanism to check the mandatory inner-line permits (ILP) required by those entering the state.

While a new mechanism has been put in place, there are other areas of concern.

Singh sought help from the state government on issues relating to land acquisition near Naharlagun station to build a bridge over the Pachin river.

He also sought the government’s help to build a railway guesthouse and office which Tuki agreed to look into.