Rajen Gohain reviews Railway projects in Arunachal Pradesh

ITANAGAR: Union minister of state for railways Rajen Gohain, accompanied by a team of Northeast Frontier Railways (NFR) officials, reviewed the status of ongoing railway projects in the state here on Friday.

The NFR officials informed him that survey on eleven new railway lines is under progress. The lines under survey are Bhalukpong-Tawang, Silapathar-Bame-Aalo, Pasighat-Tezu-Parashuramkund-Rupai, Itakhola-Seijosa, Dumduma-Namsai-Wakro, Dangri-Roing, Deomali-Naharkatia, Lekhapani-Kharsang-Miao-Nampong-New Kamlang-Deban and Tinsukia-Pasighat via Simalguri-Kanubari. Of them, the first three railway are being funded by the defense ministry, an official release said. Surveys for the Margherita-Deomali (31 Km) and Lekhapani-Kharsang (25 Km) railway lines have been completed. The NFR has set December 2019 as the target to complete surveys for rest of the lines.

The officials informed that NFR is taking up work on the Bhalukpong-Tenga-Tawang railway line on priority basis due to its strategic importance. The new railway line, once completed, would shorten the travel time to Tawang.