6-7 years target for Tawang Rly line: Gohain tells CM

11 new Rly lines’ survey on

 

ITANAGAR, June 29: Union MoS (Railways) Rajen Gohain along with a team of NFR officials led by the GM called on Chief Minister Pema Khandu here today to review status of ongoing railway projects in Arunachal Pradesh.

The NFR officials informed that survey on 11 new railway lines are under progress while surveys of 31-km Margherita-Deomali and 25-km Lekhapani-Kharsang railway lines have been completed.

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 these the first three railway lines are identified by the National Security Council Secretariat and are being funded by Defense Ministry. The NFR has set December 2019 as the target to complete surveys.

They informed that NFR is taking up Bhalukpong-Tenga-Tawang railway line on priority due to its strategic importance. The new railway line, once completed, would shorten e travel time to Tawang. While the existing road distance from Bhalukpong to Tawang is 285-km, the railway line will be only 166-km of which 80% section would be in tunnels, the longest being 29.48-km. The Railways have also proposed two-lane roads along all tunnels to be built on the line, which will shorten the road distance drastically.

Khandu lauded NFR for the rapid progress in survey of most difficult railway track in this hilly state. Expressing gratitude to Gohain and his ministry, he asserted that railway track to Tawang will become the pride of not only Indian Railways but the entire country.

Assuring support of his ministry, Gohain said once the survey is completed and all formalities cleared, Tawang line should be ready in 6-7 years. He urged the GoAP to facilitate land for a camp office of NFR in Tawang.

The NFR is also concentrating on connecting Aalo with Silapathar via Bame in first phase, which was earlier proposed to further connect Daporijo-Ziro in a loop. It has now proposed for standalone connectivity to Ziro and Daporijo in the second phase.

Meanwhile, on the suggestion of chief secretary Satya Gopal, also present, Gohain assured to look into the complaints of poor condition of coaches of Donyi-Polo Express and its time of departure from Naharlagun. In fact, he directed his officials over phone to immediately look into the complaints and rectify them. (PRO)

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