NEW DELHI, May 18 � The Railways have projected an outlay of Rs 17,495 crore for completion of 13 new line projects in the North Eastern region.
The new projects taken up by the Railways envisage to bring all the State capitals of the North Eastern region barring Sikkim on the railway map of the country. The 13 new lines on completion will provide connectivity to all State capitals, said Minister of State for Railway Bharat Sinh Solanki.
The capitals of Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur and Mizoram currently do not have railway connectivity.
A dedicated North Eastern Region Rail Development Fund has been created for funding execution of national projects in the region.
The survey for doubling of Guwahati-Lumding-Tinsukia-Dibrugarh line has been completed. The proposal will be further considered after scrutiny of survey report, the Solanki said in a Rajya Sabha reply.
Gauge conversion of Rangiya-Murkongselek along with completion of Bogibeel bridge will provide alternate route to Dibrugarh-Tinsukia via North bank line, the Minister said in reply to a question by Kumar Deepak Das.
Meanwhile, the Guwahati Railway Station has been identified for development as a world class station on Public-Private-Partnership (PP) mode by leveraging the real estate potential of the land around and the air space above the station, the Minister said in reply to a question by Naznin Faruque.