GUWAHATI: Union Railway Minister, Piyush Goyal said that Railway Ministry will soon approach Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs for clearance of doubling of railway line from New Bongaigaon to Guwahati via Rangiya.
Goyal who was in Guwahati on Saturday while addressing a review meeting of senior railway officers at Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) Headquarters said that following the major success of completing Bogibeel Bridge, all efforts should now be pointed towards doubling of railway lines in the region for capacity enhancement.
He asked the officials to prepare a Plan of Action within one week. The Minister also spoke to Forest Minister of Assam, Parimal Suklabaidya for ensuring quick permission for soil procurement permission which is presently hampering project progress in Assam.
The Railway Minister was apprised that Tetelia – Byrnihat new railway line, doubling of Lumding – Hojai section, Agartala – Sabroom new railway line and international line from Jogbani would be ready very soon.
Goyal promised to name one premium passenger train after the Goddess Kamakhya as a mark of obeisance and respect of the entire Indian Railway family.
He addressed the concluding ceremony of All India Janajati Sports Meet near Sonapur at the outskirt of the city where he elaborated on the developmental initiatives of the Railway Ministry for the Northeastern region, he said timely completion of projects has always been topmost priority of the current government and the added thrust for this had resulted in timely completion of Bogibeel project which would be a boon for the people of not only Assam but the entire Northeast.
Goyal said the use of sound of Honey Bee for chasing away elephants from railway track was an example of rural innovation that can bring in real transformation. NFR’s Rangiya division had successfully installed a mechanism where sound of bee is amplified whenever elephants are spotted near railway track to chase them away, thereby saving wild elephants from being hit by trains. The Minister said such mechanism would be considered for replication elsewhere in the country.