Railways plans Rs 40k crore projects to improve connectivity

In a bid to make the northeast part of the country more accessible, Indian Railways has lined several projects costing as much as Rs. 40 k crore. The project aims at connecting capital cities of five North Eastern states and areas bordering Myanmar, China and Bangladesh with all the other parts of the country.

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Some of the highlights of this project are —

– Under this project, capital cities of Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Sikkim and Nagaland will have rail links in the coming two years.

  – Several engineering marvels including India’s longest double decker rail-cum-road bridge, one of the longest tunnels in the country and world’s tallest pillar based rail bridge will be a part of this project.

  – A 180-km rail link for Arunachal Pradesh to provide accessibility to the China border is also in the pipeline.

– Railways is planning to connect Agartala in Tripura to Bangladesh, which will reduce the travel time between Tripura and Kolkata to less than 10 hours from the existing 31 hours.

  – A number of strategic lines will be there to help defence forces.  

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