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ITANAGAR, June 29 - Union Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain, accompanied by a team of officials from the Northeastern Frontier Railway (NFR) headed by its General Manager, called on Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu here this afternoon to review the status of the ongoing railway projects in the frontier State.

The NFR officials said that a survey on 11 new railway lines is under progress, while two other surveys have already been completed.

The lines under survey are Bhalukpong-Tenga-Tawang, Silapathar-Bame-Aalo, Pasighat-Tezu-Parshuramkund-Rupai, Itakhola-Seijosa, Doomdooma-Namsai-Wakro, Dangri-Roing, Deomali-Naharkatia, Lekhapani-Kharsang-Miao-Nampong-New Kamlang-Deban and Tinsukia-Pasighat via Simalguri-Kanubari.

Of these, the first three railway lines are identified by the National Security Council Secretariat and are being funded by the Defence Ministry.

Surveys for the Margherita-Deomali (31 km) and Lekhapani-Kharsang (25 km) railway lines have been completed. The NFR has set December, 2019 as the target to complete the surveys for the rest of the lines.

The officials said that the NFR is taking up the Bhalukpong-Tenga-Tawang railway line on a priority basis due to its strategic importance. The new railway line, once completed, will shorten the travel time to Tawang. While the existing road distance from Bhalukpong to Tawang is 285 km, the railway line will be only 166 km of which 80 per cent section will be through tunnels, the longest being 29.48 km. The Railways have also proposed two-lane roads along all the tunnels to be built on the line, which will shorten the road distance drastically.

Khandu appreciated the NFR for the rapid progress made in the survey of the most difficult railway tracks in Arunachal Pradesh. Expressing gratitude to Gohain and the Railway Ministry, he asserted that the railway tracks to Tawang would become the pride of not only the Indian Railways but also the entire country.

Assuring the Ministry�s support, Gohain said once the survey is completed and all formalities are cleared, the Tawang line should be ready in six to seven years. He requested the State Government to facilitate land for establishment of a camp office of the NFR in Tawang.

The NFR is also concentrating on connecting Aalo with Silapathar via Bame in the first phase, which was earlier proposed to further connect Daporijo-Ziro in a loop. It has now proposed for standalone connectivity to Ziro and Daporijo in the second phase.

Meanwhile, on the suggestion of Chief Secretary Satya Gopal, who was also present in the meeting, Gohain assured to look into the complaints of the poor condition of the coaches of the Donyi-Polo Express and its time of departure from Naharlagun. He directed officials to immediately look into the complaints and rectify them.

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Gohain, Khandu review status of Arunachal railway projects

ITANAGAR, June 29 - Union Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain, accompanied by a team of officials from the Northeastern Frontier Railway (NFR) headed by its General Manager, called on Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu here this afternoon to review the status of the ongoing railway projects in the frontier State.

The NFR officials said that a survey on 11 new railway lines is under progress, while two other surveys have already been completed.

The lines under survey are Bhalukpong-Tenga-Tawang, Silapathar-Bame-Aalo, Pasighat-Tezu-Parshuramkund-Rupai, Itakhola-Seijosa, Doomdooma-Namsai-Wakro, Dangri-Roing, Deomali-Naharkatia, Lekhapani-Kharsang-Miao-Nampong-New Kamlang-Deban and Tinsukia-Pasighat via Simalguri-Kanubari.

Of these, the first three railway lines are identified by the National Security Council Secretariat and are being funded by the Defence Ministry.

Surveys for the Margherita-Deomali (31 km) and Lekhapani-Kharsang (25 km) railway lines have been completed. The NFR has set December, 2019 as the target to complete the surveys for the rest of the lines.

The officials said that the NFR is taking up the Bhalukpong-Tenga-Tawang railway line on a priority basis due to its strategic importance. The new railway line, once completed, will shorten the travel time to Tawang. While the existing road distance from Bhalukpong to Tawang is 285 km, the railway line will be only 166 km of which 80 per cent section will be through tunnels, the longest being 29.48 km. The Railways have also proposed two-lane roads along all the tunnels to be built on the line, which will shorten the road distance drastically.

Khandu appreciated the NFR for the rapid progress made in the survey of the most difficult railway tracks in Arunachal Pradesh. Expressing gratitude to Gohain and the Railway Ministry, he asserted that the railway tracks to Tawang would become the pride of not only the Indian Railways but also the entire country.

Assuring the Ministry�s support, Gohain said once the survey is completed and all formalities are cleared, the Tawang line should be ready in six to seven years. He requested the State Government to facilitate land for establishment of a camp office of the NFR in Tawang.

The NFR is also concentrating on connecting Aalo with Silapathar via Bame in the first phase, which was earlier proposed to further connect Daporijo-Ziro in a loop. It has now proposed for standalone connectivity to Ziro and Daporijo in the second phase.

Meanwhile, on the suggestion of Chief Secretary Satya Gopal, who was also present in the meeting, Gohain assured to look into the complaints of the poor condition of the coaches of the Donyi-Polo Express and its time of departure from Naharlagun. He directed officials to immediately look into the complaints and rectify them.

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