Railways will spend Rs.5000 Crore on North-East: Prime Minister

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated new passenger trains for North Eastern region during interaction with members of self help groups in NE

PM Modi was speaking at the 65th plenary session of the North Eastern Council (NEC) in the Meghalaya capital
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was speaking at the 65th plenary session of the North Eastern Council (NEC) in the Meghalaya capital

Shillong: Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated the new passenger trains for North Eastern region during the interaction with members of self help groups in the North Eastern State of Meghalaya.

He also laid the foundation for a football stadium ‘Ampati’ in Meghalaya Capital City ‘Shillong’.

During his speech Narendra Modi said that better railway connectivity and massive infrastructure plans were on cards for the North eastern region and mentioned that New Delhi is highly focused towards achieving this objective.

Here are updates of PM Narendra Modi’s speech during his maiden visit to Shillong:

4.43 pm: In 2017, India is hosting U-17 FiFa World Cup. We need to take advantage of being a part of FIFA.

4.41 pm: New railway routes will boost economy in North-East

4.41 pm: Railway Ministry will spend Rs 5,000 crore on North-East

4.40 pm: Today is red letter day in history of North-East

4.30 pm: Today, we laid the foundation for a football stadium. We’re aware about love people of North East, especially Meghalaya have for football: PM Modi

4.20 pm: PM Narendra Modi lays foundation stone for new football stadium ‘Ampati’ in Shillong (Meghalaya)

4.10 pm: PM Modi inaugurates new passenger trains for NE during interaction with members of self help groups in NE

Earlier in the day Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the North Eastern Council (NEC) meeting in Shillong. He will also release a special cover and a stamp brought out by the Department of Posts to mark the occasion.

The trains include Bhairabi-Silchar and Jiribam-Silchar passenger trains which would bring Mizoram and Manipur on the broad gauge passenger railway map of India, while the Kamakhya-Katra Express would link Assam directly with Jammu and Kashmir.

Flagging off the trains during a public reception at the Polo grounds here, the Prime Minister said “We have sanctioned Rs 10,000 crore for the development of railway network in the North East region.”

He said the Railway ministry was planning to spend Rs 5000 crore during the current year for expanding rail network in the region.

Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh calls on PM Modi to discuss about the ongoing railway and infrastructure development activities in Arunachal Pradesh
Kalikho Pul, Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh calls on PM Modi to discuss about the ongoing railway and infrastructure development activities in Arunachal Pradesh

The Prime Minister said the centre has come up with a mission policy to upgrade roads, telecommunication, power and waterways in the region apart from railways.

“This will give a boost to the economic development of the region,” he said.

Earlier in the day, railway officials said at the NEC plenary meeting that commissioning of lines in the region has increased from 68 km in 2011-12 to 537 km in 2015-16.

Of the 25 ongoing railway projects with an anticipated cost of Rs 63,045 crore, Rs 29,095 crore have been spent since April 1 this year, they said.

Highlighting the targeted commissioning of some of the projects, the officials said the Bhairabi-Sairang (Mizoram) route was to be commissioned by 2018-19, and the Dimapur-Zubza (Nagaland), Sevok-Rangpo (Sikkim) and the Byrnihat-Shillong (Meghalaya) routes were set to be commissioned by 2019-20.

The deadline set for Tetelia-Byrhinat route in Meghalaya was by early next year, as per the 2020 vision document of the Indian Railways.

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