Arunachal Pradesh was on Monday put on the country’s railway map with the first passenger train of about 400 commuters arriving at Naharlagun near Itanagar. Itanagar is now the second state capital in the Northeast to be connected by railroad. In time, the Rajdhani and Shatabdi Express services will be extended to link Arunachal with the national capital. This is a belated but much-awaited leap for a region economically deprived not only because of its limited geographical access to markets and the mainland, but also due to decades of central inattention and neglect.
The link to Itanagar will be followed in its wake with the Dudhnoi-Mehdipathar project to connect Meghalaya and the Rangapura-North Lakhimpur gauge conversion project. The Lumding-Silchar gauge conversion and the Bogibeel bridge, which is the longest rail-cum-road bridge on the Brahmaputra are also in the pipeline. A transport and infrastructure project in the Northeast, therefore, cannot be seen in isolation.
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