Government has planned to connect all State Capitals of North Eastern States by 2020 except Sikkim in which case, new line work has been sanctioned up to Rangpo in first phase.
The capitals of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura States have been connected by Broad Gauge (BG) rail network.
Great emphasis has been given by Central Government during last 5 years towards quick execution of infrastructure and safety projects and funding to the infrastructure projects has increased considerably.
Work completed so far:
- In Arunachal Pradesh, a BG railway line was commissioned in February, 2015 upto Naharlagun (suburban city of Itanagar) and first Broad Gauge (BG) train was flagged by Hon’ble Prime Minister on 20.02.2015 from Naharlagun (Itanagar) to New Delhi.
- Long pending and delayed work of Bogibeel Bridge on Brahmaputra river was completed in 2018 leading to further reduction of travel distance from Dibrugarh to Naharlagun (Itanagar) by 705 km (via Guwahati).
- First BG trial train to the State of Tripura (Agartala) was received by Hon’ble Minister of State of Railways on 13.01.2016 and first BG passenger train (long distance) was introduced to Delhi on 31.07.2016.
- In some States, the progress of new line projects of Capital connectivity has been affected mainly due to delay in land acquisition and law & order issues. All these Capital connectivity projects being in hilly terrain of Himalayas involve large number of tunnels and major bridges including very tall bridges in a very challenging geological environment.
- Works of new BG lines have been taken up by Railway by its own fund to connect the remaining Capitals of North Eastern States i.e. Meghalaya (Shillong), Manipur (Imphal), Nagaland (Kohima), Mizoram (Aizawl) and Sikkim (Gangtok).
Details with present status of these projects are as under:
- The section from Jiribam to Vangaichungpao (12 km) was commissioned in March, 2017 and works from Vangaichungpao-Tupul-Imphal (98.62 km) have been taken up throughout the length.
- The work of land acquisition has been completed in 102.62 km length of the project and work of acquisition of balance land of 8 km length has been taken up.
- Target date for completion is 3 years after complete land is handed over to the Railways.
- The construction work has been taken up throughout the length of project and 80% tunneling work has been completed and the work on 6 tall bridges has been taken up.
- For complete commissioning of the project, the work of acquisition of balance 53.90 Hectare of land has been taken up.
- Target date for completion for complete project is 2 years after complete land is handed over to Railways.
- The construction work has been taken up throughout the length of project.
- For complete commission of the project, the work of acquiring balance land in 6 km length has been taken up (ownership disputes).
- Target date for completionfor complete project is 3 years after complete land is handed over to Railways.
Two projects of BG line have been taken up for Capital connectivity of Meghalaya.
- New BG line from Tetelia – Some organizations are stating that a railway connectivity may lead to influx of outsiders and this has led to some local resistance to this project. Now, the issue has been taken up for early resolution. Target date for completion not fixed, as the same would be decided, once the complete land is physically handed over to Railways.
- New BG line from Byrnihat to Shillong (108.40 km)- Target date for completion not fixed, as the same would be decided, once the land is physically handed over to Railways.
- The project is suffering for a long time as the Government of West Bengal has not given encumbrance free land (77.78 Hectare forest land after cutting of trees) to Railway due to which, even the timely finalization of tenders is getting affected.
- The issue is being consistently chased with Government of West Bengal.
- Target date for completion for complete project is 3 years after complete physical possession of land given to Railways.