NE Capitals Getting Connected by Rail

NE Capitals Getting Connected by Rail

This blog is an edited version of a news item titled, ” N-E on Track to Connect Capitals by Train” from the “Indian Express” of 23 Aug 2016.

NE Capitals Getting Connected by Rail

Imphal, Aizawl and Shillong are expected to be connected by rail in the next three years. Kohima is expected to be connected by 2020.Agartala became the second NE capital to get a link in 2008, followed by a broad gauge link this year. Guwahati was connected by rail in 1901.
“The NE is on top of the government’s agenda for providing better connectivity to the region. Once completed, these projects will not only bring about a sea-change in the connectivity scenario of the North-eastern region but also provide a big boost to the region’s economy,” Railways Minister Prabhu said when he toured Agartala, Imphal and Dimapur to kick-start projects to spread the network in the region.
Agartala not only got its first direct train to New Delhi but also saw the minister lay the foundation stone for a new 15-km line that will connect Agartala to Akhaura in Bangladesh for an onward link to Kolkata through Dhaka.
NE Railways Being Linked to Myanmar

Among the most significant of the ongoing projects is the Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal line, 111 km, which will not only put the Manipur capital on the railway map in the next couple of years but also prepare the grounds for taking the railways to Moreh on the Myanmar border and beyond to become part of the proposed Trans-Asian Railway.
The Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal line will have two striking special features. The bridge on the river Iring, with a pier height of 141 metres (almost equal to one Qutub Minar stacked over the other) will be the tallest bridge of the world. And Tunnel No. 12 will be the longest in India at 11.55 km.
The railways minister, while announcing commencement of work on Tunnel No 12, said it would be a symbolic representation of the state getting connected to mainland India. “It will also open up new vistas for economic development of the region,” he said.
NE Railways Connection Through Bangladesh
What the entire NE is most looking forward to is a direct railway link to Kolkata through the heart of Bangladesh, which will reduce the train journey between Agartala and Kolkata by nearly 1,100 km. While the present length of the Agartala-Kolkata link through Lumding, Guwahati and New Jalpaiguri is 1,613 km, once the 15-km stretch between Agartala and Akhaura (in Bangladesh) is complete, the direct travel distance between Agartala and Kolkata will come down to just 514 km.
Once completed, the project will also make movement of goods – particularly food grains, petroleum products, cement and other materials – faster and smoother to Tripura, Manipur, Mizoram and the Barak Valley of Assam too. As of now, transporting food grains to these states has been a major problem especially during the monsoon months, with landslides and floods making movement of both trains and trucks difficult. Tripura has been the worst sufferer, having had to get supplies through Bangladesh at least twice in recent years. Railway connectivity of the NE to include Bangladesh and Myanmar will be great for the future of the NE region.

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  1. One more state you missed i.e arunachal pradesh,..its capital Itanagar is also connected by train service both from Delhi and Guwahati.

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