2016-2017 was great for the northeastern region – at least from a railways perspective. More than 29 new trains were introduced in this period. And it does get a lot bigger still.
The Indian Railways says it is seeking approval for plans worth Rs 48,000 crore to be invested in northeast India. The biggest of these plans, after a final location survey, will be a strategic railway line that will go through Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh.
The Chairman of the Indian Railway Board, Ashwani Lohani, who was in Guwahati on Wednesday to review the railway projects, said, “Railways is investing Rs 48,000 crore in various projects. There is scope for improvement in several areas,” according to a report in Economic Times.
The survey is likely to take another two years, after which the project will be sent to the Union Cabinet for its approval. If approved, this will increase and better the connectivity to the northeastern part of India.
The manufacturing of coaches will be scaled up from April to address the shortage of coaches. “We will be producing only modern coaches from April this year,” Lohani said. He added that work on electrification and double-tracking was underway to the publication.
Chahatey Ram, General Manager of Northeast Frontier Railway, said that a railway track to Imphal, in Manipur, would be built by 2020.
“In Meghalaya, we have not been able to make much headway because local councils are not ready to give land. For train connectivity up to Kohima, we have acquired land for 17km, and we are working to get [the remainder of the] requisite land.”
In some earlier stories on The Better India, we have written about the introduction of these new coaches. Some of them being the ‘Anubhuti coaches’, the fire-proof Swarna coaches, and the much talked about Linke Hofmann Busch coaches based on German technology.