GUWAHATI: The Railways ministry is investing close to Rs 48,000 crore in northeast India.
The ministry has undertaken a final location survey for a strategic railway line that will go through Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, reports The Economic Times.
The Chairman of the Indian Railway Board, Ashwani Lohani, who was in Guwahati on Wednesday to review the railway projects, said, “Railways is investing Rs 48,000 crore in various projects. There is scope for improvement in several areas.”
Last year, railways expenditure amounted to Rs 7,100 crore; this year, it is expected to be Rs 5,500 crore.
“Final location survey for the track to Tawang is on; it will take two years for completion. Once completed, it will go to the Union Cabinet seeking approval for its execution,” said Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) General Manager Chahatey Ram.
The manufacturing of coaches will be scaled up from April to address the shortage of coaches. “We will be producing only modern coaches from April this year,” Lohani said. He added that work on electrification and double-tracking was underway.
Meanwhile, Chahatey Ram, General Manager of Northeast Frontier Railway, said that a railway track to Imphal, in Manipur, would be built by 2020. “In Meghalaya we have not been able to make much headway because local councils are not ready to give land. For train connectivity upto to Kohima, we have acquired land for 17km, and we are working to get [the remainder of the] requisite land.”