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More than Rs 27,000 crore Capital investment ensured major railway connectivity to North East during Last 6 years

During the last 6 years, Rs 27,655 crore of Capital Investment was made by Indian Railways in North East
Projects which is 160% more than the capital investment of Rs 10,610 made during 2009-14. The major
projects that were completed during the last 6 years are-
● Bogibeel Rail cum Road Bridge: 5 km Bogibeel Rail cum Road Bridge across river Brahmaputra
commissioned and dedicated to the Nation by Hon’ble Prime Minister in December 2018. The bridge
has brought North and South Assam closer together like never before by shortening rail travel distance
between Naharlagun (Itanagar) and Dibrugarh by more than 700 km, thereby reducing travelling time
from 24 to 5 hours. The Road distance between Dibrugarh and Itanagar also reduced by more than
100 km.
● Barak Valley of Assam connected with Broad Gauge (BG) rail network in Nov’2015 with completion of
Gauge conversion work of Lumding - Silchar section
● 503 Km Gauge Conversion project between Rangiya - Murkongselek passing through the north bank
of Brahmaputra fully completed and commissioned for Train services o­n 10.08.2015 
● 4 States connected with Broad Gauge rail network
(i) Meghalaya in Nov 2014 with 20 Km long new line from Dudhnoi to Mendipather.
(ii) Manipur in May’2016 connected at Jiribam for Passenger Services.
(iii) Mizoram in May’2016 connected at Bhairabi for Passenger Services.
(iv) Tripura in May’2016
● Capital City of Arunanchal Pradesh connected with New Delhi through direct train service o­n
Connectivity to the North Eastern States:
● Entire Rail network of North-eastern States converted to Broad Gauge. A total of 972 Kms converted
in three years (2014-17)
● All North-eastern States (except Sikkim) connected by Rail network; Sikkim to be connected by
December 2022.
● While Capitals of Assam, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh are already connected; others state Capitals
will be connected as per the targets decided as below:
S. No State Capital City Name of Project Length(Km) Target Date of Completion
1 Manipur Imphal Jiribam – Imphal 111 March 2022
2 Mizoram Aizawl Bhairabi – Sairang 51 March 2023
3 Nagaland Kohima Dimapur – Kohima 82 March 2023
4 Meghalaya Shillong Teteliya – Byrnihat 22 March 2022
5 Sikkim Gangtok Sivok – Rangpo 44 Dec 2022
The major thrust given in developing Rail infrastructure in the North East has provided direct
connectivity of the North Eastern states to the rest of India and it will have a great impact o­n the socio-
economic development of the region.

(Subhanan Chanda)
CPRO/N.F. Railway

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