Projects important from strategic viewpoints in Jammu & Kashmir and North Eastern Region (NER) or developmental projects which result in greater integration of these regions with the rest of India can be categorized as “National Projects”. The concept is not extendable to other regions of the country. A uniform funding pattern for all those projects is to be followed as per directives issued by Prime Minister’s Office.
As on 01.04.2013, there are 20 ongoing New Line, Gauge Conversion and Doubling projects in NER. Out of these 20 projects, 10 are National Projects. Total length of ongoing projects is 2919 km being executed at a cost of Rs.38,360 Crore. The total outlay for executing these ongoing projects of NER is Rs.2157 Crore during 2013-14. After the intervention of Hon’ble Prime Minister, an additional allocation of Rs.850 Crore has been given to National Projects of NER in 2013-14.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Kotla Jaya Surya Prakash Reddy in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.