Indian Railways has lined up several projects worth at least Rs 40,000 crore to connect capital cities of five North Eastern states and areas bordering China, Myanmar and Bangladesh with the rest of the country.
The national transporter is planning to construct the rail links to the capital cities of Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Sikkim and Nagaland in the next two years. The projects include laying over 1,500 km of rail lines and several engineering marvels such as India’s longest double decker rail-cum-road bridge, one of the longest tunnels in the country and the world’s tallest pillar-based rail bridge.
India will also set up new rail links with Myanmar and Bangladesh in the coming years through these rail lines in the border states of north east. Railways has also planned a 180-km railway line in Arunachal Pradesh that will provide accessibility right up to the China border in Tawang, and another rail line from Imphal in Manipur to Moreh at the Myanmar border. A rail link connecting Agartala in Tripura and Bangladesh is under construction. Read More