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The Northeast Frontier had showcased itself in the exhibition at the Hornbill Festival held at the Naga Heritage village Kisama located near Kohima, the capital of Nagaland.  N. F. Railway’s unique and interesting Stall at the famous Hornbill Festival that started from December 1, 2021 was inaugurated by Shri J. Alam, Chief Secretary, Govt. of Nagaland in presence of Shri Anshul Gupta, General Manager of N. F. Railway. The General Manager of N. F. Railway also graced as the Chief Guest of cultural programme at the Hornbill Festival o­n 2nd December, 2021.

The N. F. Railway’s presentation depicted modernization of Indian Railways with o­ngoing rail connectivity works in North-eastern region. Many informative write ups and railway models were displayed in the exhibition which attracted a large number of visitors. A PRS counter had also been opened at the exhibition to facilitate railway passengers and local population.

The Hornbill Festival, a yearly feature taking place in the first week of December is a modern day cultural extravaganza of all Naga tribes. The festival was conceptualized to showcase Naga culture, traditional and contemporary, in the spirit of unity in diversity. N. F. Railway serves the region by bringing in essential and trade commodities; hence the presentation of Railways at this famous event gives a wholesome perspective with additional travel facilities to tourists like the PRS counter.

It may be mentioned here that Rail connectivity to North-eastern states has been the most important project for Indian Railways. In this regard, Shri Anshul Gupta, General Manager of N. F. Railway called o­n Prof. Jagdish Mukhi, Hon’ble Governor of Nagaland at Kohima o­n December 1. During the meet, Railway connectivity for economic progress of the state was discussed upon.

N. F. Railway is executing various rail connectivity projects in NE region including Dimapur – Kohima new line project. This 82.5 Km long new railway line will connect existing station Dhansiri near Dimapur to Zubza near Kohima, the capital of Nagaland. Out of total stretch, 2.75 Km are with in Assam area and the rest 79.75 Km within Nagaland. 

(Guneet Kaur)

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