Bhalukpong-Tawang Rly line work to begin

  • Camp office foundation stone laid

TAWANG, Nov 08: “We are very soon going to connect Tawang with railways. The 198-km railway line from Bhalukpong to Tawang, of which 177-km will be under tunnels with very little disturbance to the ecology,” said North East Frontier Railways general manager (construction) NK Prasad here on Friday.

After laid foundation stone of NEFR camp office-cum-rest house here, he said that the proposed tunnel crossing Dzela pass will be 27-km, one of the longest tunnel in India and reduce Bhalukpong to Tawang distance, which is  around 300-km,  a senior NEFR officer said.

EAC  (LM & Jud) Choiki Dondup said that it was a distant dream to get  Tawang linked by railways, which would be reality now. He congratulated all senior officers and conveyed his gratitude to land owners of Shartso Committee for leasing out the land, initially for a period of three years for the camp office-cum-rest house but extendable or acquired if needed.

NEFR chief administrative officer MS Chauhan, chief engineer SP Singh and executive members of Shartso committee (land owners) were present in the historic occasion. (DIPRO)

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