After decades long wait, finally Indian Himalayan state Sikkim is getting into Indian railway network. In addition to fulfilling aspiration of local people, the link will facilitate faster military movement towards Sino Indian border that the Himalayan state hosts.
After going through a long list of official clearances from state as well as centre, the project has also received NOC from Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) making the project clear for field work. GTA is a semi-autonomous administrative body for the Darjeeling and Kalimpong hills region in West Bengal.
Though officially for Sikkim, the estimated Rs 6,000 crore worth broad gauge track will have only 1 km stretch within the state leaving rest 51.7 km in the hilly Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts of Bengal. Eventually, NOC from GTA was needed.
“We have given our NOC after Railway agreed to fulfill our demands including stations in Bengal segment,” said GTA Chairman Binoy Tamang after his recent meeting with Indian railway Top brasses. In reciprocation, North East Frontier Railway Chief Administrative Officer A. Prakash also committed to take best possible care of several public issues including no eviction demand of many forest villages along the alignment. Read More
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