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Posted: Jun 30 2019 (12:05)

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Jun 30 2019 (12:05)   North East gaining full thrust in railway connectivity

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Maligaon, June 29 (MExN): As per Vision Document 2020, Government has planned to connect all state capitals of North Eastern states by 2020 except Sikkim in which case, new line work has been sanctioned up to Rangpo in first phase. The capitals of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura states have been connected by Broad Gauge (BG) rail network.
PJ Sharma, Chief PublicRelations Officer in a press release today, stated that great emphasis has beengiven by Central Government during the last 5 years towards quick execution ofinfrastructure and safety projects and funding to the infrastructure projectshas increased considerably.
average annual expenditurein New Line/Gauge Conversion/Doubling infrastructure projects during 2014-19was Rs 25,894 crore per year as against Rs 11,527 crore per year during 2009-14which is around 125% more than during 2009-14.
The average allotment per yearfor North Eastern States was Rs 2,121 crore per year from 2009-14.  However, it increased 161% to Rs 5,531 croreper year for this region during 2014-19.
In Arunachal Pradesh, a BGrailway line was commissioned in February 2015 upto Naharlagun (suburban cityof Itanagar) and first Broad Gauge (BG) train was flagged by Prime Minister on February20, 2015 from Naharlagun (Itanagar) to New Delhi.
Long pending and delayed workof Bogibeel Bridge on Brahmaputra river was completed in 2018 leading tofurther reduction of travel distance from Dibrugarh to Naharlagun (Itanagar) by705 km (via Guwahati).
First BG trial train to theState of Tripura (Agartala) was received by Minister of State of Railways on January13, 2016 and first BG passenger train (long distance) was introduced to Delhion July 31, 2016.
In some States, the progressof new line projects of Capital connectivity has been affected mainly due todelay in land acquisition and law & order issues, the release added.
All these Capital connectivityprojects being in hilly terrain of Himalayas involve large number of tunnelsand major bridges including very tall bridges in a very challenging geologicalenvironment.
Works of new BG lines havebeen taken up by Railway by its own fund to connect the remaining Capitals ofNorth Eastern States i.e. Meghalaya (Shillong), Manipur (Imphal), Nagaland(Kohima), Mizoram (Aizawl) and Sikkim (Gangtok). Details with present status ofthese projects are as under:
(1) Manipur: The project of BGline connectivity from Jiribam to Imphal (110.62 km) in Manipur State wassanctioned in 2003-04. The latest anticipated cost of the project is Rs. 13,809crore and expenditure of Rs 6,969.49 crore has been incurred on the projectupto March 31.
The section from Jiribam toVangaichungpao (12 km) was commissioned in March, 2017 and works from Vangaichungpao-Tupul-Imphal(98.62 km) have been taken up throughout the length.  The work of land acquisition has beencompleted in 102.62 km length of the project and work of acquisition of balanceland of 8 km length has been taken up. Target date for completion is 3 yearsafter complete land is handed over to the Railways.
(2)  Mizoram: The project of BG line connectivityfrom Bhairabi to Sairang (51.38 km) (suburban city of Aizawl, the Capital cityof Mizoram) in Mizoram was sanctioned in 2008-09.  The latest anticipated cost of the project isRs 4,968 crore and the land could be made available in 2014-15 and work speededup from 2015-16 & the expenditure of Rs. 1,958.09 crore has been incurred on the project upto  March 31.
The construction work has beentaken up throughout the length of project and 80% tunneling work has beencompleted and the work on 6 tall bridges has been taken up.
For complete commissioning ofthe project, the work of acquisition of balance 53.90 Hectare of land has beentaken up. Target date for completion for complete project is 2 years aftercomplete land is handed over to Railways.
(3) Nagaland: The project ofBG line connectivity from Dimapur (Dhansiri) – Zubza (Kohima) (82.50 km)(suburban city of Kohima, the Capital city of Nagaland) in Nagaland wassanctioned in 2006-07.  The latest anticipatedcost of the project is Rs 3,000 crore and the work speeded up from September,2018 and the expenditure of Rs  626.67crore has been incurred on the project upto March 31.
The construction work has beentaken up throughout the length of project. For complete commission of the project, the work of acquiring balanceland in 6 km length has been taken up (ownership disputes).  Target date for completion for completeproject is 3 years after complete land is handed over to Railways.
(4) Meghalaya: Two projects ofBG line have been taken up for Capital connectivity of Meghalaya.
(i) New BG line from Tetelia –Byrnihat (21.50 km) in Meghalaya was sanctioned in 2006-07.
(ii) New BG line from Byrnihatto Shillong (108.40 km) was sanctioned in 2010-11. 
(5)  Sikkim: The project of BG line connectivityfrom Sivok to Rangpo (44.39 km) was sanctioned in 2008-09. The latestanticipated cost of the project is Rs 4,085.69 crore and the expenditure of Rs 554.46crore has been incurred on the project upto March 31.
However, the project issuffering for a long time as the Government of West Bengal has not givenencumbrance free land (77.78 Hectare forest land after cutting of trees) to Railwaydue to which, even the timely finalization of tenders is getting affected. Theissue is being consistently chased with Government of West Bengal.  Target date for completion for completeproject is 3 years after complete physical possession of land given toRailways.


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