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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Massive push to railway infrastructure under way in Northeast

The Railways hopes to reach all state capitals in the Northeast by March 2020.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap , Adam Halliday | Updated: July 22, 2016 6:40:33 pm
IMPHAL, Manipur, Northeast Express, AGARTALA, Tripura, AIZAWL, Mizoram, SHILLONG, Meghalaya, KOHIMA, Nagaland, ITANAGAR, Arunachal Pradesh, india news, news A railway track being laid in the Dima Hasao district of Assam. A massive push to railway infrastructure is currently under way in the entire Northeast. (Source: Express photo by Dasarath Deka )

IMPHAL, Manipur
For its supplies, Manipur is dependent solely on either NH2 from Numaligarh via Nagaland, or NH37 from Silchar. NH2 is mostly shut due to bandhs and blockades; NH37 is no more than a dirt track. The planned railway line from Jiribam to Imphal will link the capital with the rest of India through Silchar, Haflong, Lumding and Guwahati in Assam.

Vitals
Jiribam-Imphal, 110.63 km
* Estimated cost: Rs 6,570.75 cr
* Physical progress: 33.03% (12.5-km Jiribam-Dholakhal section completed in March 2012)
* Commissioning target: Ph 1 (Jiribam-Tupul) March 2018; Ph 2 (Tupul-Imphal) March 2019

High point
Bridge No. 164 with a pier height of 141 m will be the world’s highest girder bridge. Highest existing currently, the Mala Rijeka Viaduct in Montenegro, is 139 m high

Problems
* 33 militant groups operate in project area
* Economic blockades, bandhs are common
* Kidnappings, firing at work site common
* NH37 in bad shape, affects transportation of materials and machinery

A geographical map showing the northeastern parts of India A geographical map showing the northeastern parts of India

AGARTALA, Tripura
The Guwahati-Lumding-Badarpur-Kumarghat-Agartala broad gauge link will probably be commissioned by October 2016. What Agartala is looking forward to, however, is the link to Kolkata through Bangladesh — which will cut travel time to less than a fourth of the Badarpur-Lumding-Guwahati-Siliguri route. A 15.06-km line between Agartala and Akhaura in Bangladesh is on the cards.

Vitals
Badarpur (Assam)-Agartala, 227 km
* Metre gauge line needs conversion to broad
* Estimated cost: Rs 1846.97 cr [Rs 528.60 cr for Badarpur-Kumarghat Phase 1 (118 km); Rs 1,318.37 crore for Kumarghat-Agartala Phase 2 (109 km)]
* Physical progress: 13.01% in Phase 2
* Commissioning target: October 2016

AIZAWL, Mizoram
Like Itanagar, Mizoram’s capital too will never see a train. Phase 2 of project will take a broad gauge line from Bhairabi, bordering Assam’s Barak Valley, to Sairang, on the Tlawng/Dhaleshwari river 20 km from Aizawl, with stations at Hortoki and Mualkhang.

Vitals
Katakhal (Assam) to Sairang, 135.38 km
Phase 1: Katakhal-Bhairabi (Mizoram), 84 km
* Conversion from MG to broad gauge
* Estimated cost: Rs 331.40 cr
* Physical progress: 95.37%
* Commissioning target: March 2018

Phase 2: Bhairabi to Sairang, 51.38 km
* Estimated cost: Rs 2,830 cr
* Physical progress: 14.22%
* Commissioning target: March 2018

Strategic
The Railways is surveying a possible route from Sairang to Hmawngbuchhuah on Mizoram’s southern tip, bordering Myanmar’s Rakhine state. Hmawngbuchhuah neighbours Zochachhuah, where the under-construction Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project (KMMTTP) enters Myanmar. The KMMTTP, a road-cum-inland-waterway trade route over Kaladan river, will connect Kolkata with the Myanmarese deep-sea port of Sittwe. NFR is likely to complete the survey by August.

SHILLONG, Meghalaya
Vitals
Tetelia (near Guwahati)-Shillong, 129.9 km
n Estimated cost: Rs 5804.14 cr

Phase 1: Digaru-Byrnihat,  21.50 km
* Cost: Rs 496.24 cr
* Physical progress: 22.89%

Phase 2: Byrnihat-Shillong, 108.4 km
* Physical progress: Survey on
* Commissioning target: March 2020

KOHIMA, Nagaland
The proposed line will be up to Zubza, 18 km ahead of the capital. “Outsiders” will need an Inner Line Permit.

Vitals
Dhansiri-Zubza, 91.75 km
* Estimated cost: Rs 2,317 cr
* Progress: First location survey complete
* Commissioning target: March 2020

ITANAGAR, Arunachal Pradesh
Vitals
Harmuti (Assam)-Naharlagun, 21.75 km
* Estimated cost: Rs 590 cr
* Progress: Commissioned on April 7, 2014

GANGTOK, Sikkim
Train can get to Rangpo, 38 km from capital

Vitals
Sivok (Bengal)-Rangpo (Sikkim), 44.96 km
* Estimated cost: Rs 4,190 cr
* Progress: Final locaton survey complete
* Commissioning target: March 2020
* Pending: MoEF clearance for 98.49 Ha of reserve forest, including 8.85 Ha in Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary

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