Nagaland’s first ever railway tunnel was dug on 7 June at the outskirts of Chumukedima, about 15 km from Dimapur town. The 82.3-km rail line from Dimapur to Kohima will run through Dhansiri-Dhansiripar-Shoxuvi-Molvom- Khaibong-Chephema-Khabvuma-Zubza at 900 m above sea level.
The line will have 20 tunnels spanning 26 km besides 19 major bridges and is under the broad gauge railway project to be executed in three phases.
Officials of the North East Frontier Railway in Dimapur said that they are looking to run trains till Shoxuvi by December this year while the target is to complete all the three phases by 2022.
This is a huge achievement — a breakthrough in this hilly and rough terrain, given that transport is a major hindrance for people in the North-east and it greatly impacts the economy and development of the region. Read more