Shillong: The Railway ministry has drawn up
an elaborate plan to develop railway infrastructure in the
Northeast, connecting all state capitals in the next 5 to 7
Currently, there is a plan to connect Itanagar and
Agartala during the 11th Plan while Aizawl, Imphal and Kohima
would be connected in the 12th Plan.
Shillong and Gangtok are expected to be connected in the
13th Plan, an official statement said.
In addition, work for gauge conversion of existing lines
is also being taken up.
At present, there is a network of only 2,447 km in the
entire region which accounts for four per cent of the national
Of the total railway network, about 97 per cent is in
Assam and two per cent in Tripura. ?Therefore, a very
accelerated programme of rail connectivity is required to
provide the basic infrastructure capacity for the region to
realize its economic potential,? it said.
According to the release, there is a demand to increase
the rail network in the Northeast to six per cent of the
national network in the next 10 years.
India is going to construct the Agartala-Akhaura
(Bangladesh) line to connect Tripura to the Bangladesh Railway
network having the potential to transform the face of the
transport infrastructure in the NE, the release said.
It has been decided that the projects of the Railways
designated as National Project will be supported by the Centre
in the ratio of 75-25 where 25 per cent will be given from the
Gross Budgetary Support of Railways and 75 per cent from the
Government of India.
It has also been decided to create a fund for development
of rail infrastructure in the region.