Rajen Gohain Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Railways on Thursday said, the Railway Ministry plans to expand its network in Northeast including Arunachal Pradesh.
“With the inauguration of the Bogibeel Bridge over Brahmaputra River likely in May-June this year, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh will benefit from reduced distance between Itanagar and Eastern Arunachal districts,” said the Union Minister of State for Railways.
The Minister informed that in the 2018-19 Union budget proposals have been made for electrification of Rangiya-Rangapara North-Harmutti-Naharlagun section of the broad gauge line with a total distance of 398 kilometre and the work would be executed by Central Organization for Railway Electrification (CORE).
The Union Minister expressed confidence that all the states in northeast would be connected by rail network soon as survey and construction works are going on in most of the states except Meghalaya, where no land have been provided.
The Minister of State for Railways asked the Arunachal Pradesh government to resolve the issue of land compensation involving laying of broad gauge line from Murkongselek in Assam to Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh at the earliest.
Speaking to the press, Gohain disclosed that the Railway Ministry has already sanctioned Rs 400 crore for undertaking final location survey of Misamari-Bhalukpong-Tenga-Tawang line (378 km), reported TOI.
“Detailed project report will be prepared after completion of the survey and the work on the line will begin soon,” he added.