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Massive push to railway infrastructure under way in Northeast

by IRC-ADMIN - Jul 1 2016 12:00AM

For its supplies, Manipur is dependent solely on either NH2 from Numaligarh via Nagaland, or NH37 from Silchar. NH2 is mostly shut due to bandhs and blockades; NH37 is no more than a dirt track. The planned railway line from Jiribam to Imphal will link the capital with the rest of India through Silchar, Haflong, Lumding and Guwahati in Assam.

For its supplies, Manipur is dependent solely on either NH2 from Numaligarh via Nagaland, or NH37 from Silchar. NH2 is mostly shut due to bandhs and blockades; NH37 is no more than a dirt track. The planned railway line from Jiribam to Imphal will link the capital with the rest of India through Silchar, Haflong, Lumding and Guwahati in Assam. Vitals Jiribam-Imphal, 110.63 km * Estimated cost: Rs 6,570.75 cr * Physical progress: 33.03% (12.5-km Jiribam-Dholakhal section completed in March 2012) * Commissioning target: Ph 1 (Jiribam-Tupul) March 2018; Ph 2 (Tupul-Imphal) March 2019 High point Bridge No. 164 with a pier height of 141 m will be the world'scs highest girder bridge. Highest existing currently, the Mala Rijeka Viaduct in Montenegro, is 139 m high Problems * 33 militant groups operate in project area * Economic blockades, bandhs are common * Kidnappings, firing at work site common * NH37 in bad shape, affects transportation of materials and machinery A geographical map showing the northeastern parts of India A geographical map showing the northeastern parts of India AGARTALA, Tripura The Guwahati-Lumding-Badarpur-Kumarghat-Agartala broad gauge link will probably be commissioned by October 2016. What Agartala is looking forward to, however, is the link to Kolkata through Bangladesh — which will cut travel time to less than a fourth of the Badarpur-Lumding-Guwahati-Siliguri route. A 15.06-km line between Agartala and Akhaura in Bangladesh is on the cards. Vitals Badarpur (Assam)-Agartala, 227 km * Metre gauge line needs conversion to broad * Estimated cost: Rs 1846.97 cr [Rs 528.60 cr for Badarpur-Kumarghat Phase 1 (118 km); Rs 1,318.37 crore for Kumarghat-Agartala Phase 2 (109 km)] * Physical progress: 13.01% in Phase 2 * Commissioning target: October 2016 AIZAWL, Mizoram Like Itanagar, Mizoram'scs capital too will never see a train. Phase 2 of project will take a broad gauge line from Bhairabi, bordering Assam'scs Barak Valley, to Sairang, on the Tlawng/Dhaleshwari river 20 km from Aizawl, with stations at Hortoki and Mualkhang. Vitals Katakhal (Assam) to Sairang, 135.38 km Phase 1: Katakhal-Bhairabi (Mizoram), 84 km * Conversion from MG to broad gauge * Estimated cost: Rs 331.40 cr * Physical progress: 95.37% * Commissioning target: March 2018 Phase 2: Bhairabi to Sairang, 51.38 km * Estimated cost: Rs 2,830 cr * Physical progress: 14.22% * Commissioning target: March 2018 Strategic The Railways is surveying a possible route from Sairang to Hmawngbuchhuah on Mizoram'scs southern tip, bordering Myanmar'scs Rakhine state. Hmawngbuchhuah neighbours Zochachhuah, where the under-construction Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project (KMMTTP) enters Myanmar. The KMMTTP, a road-cum-inland-waterway trade route over Kaladan river, will connect Kolkata with the Myanmarese deep-sea port of Sittwe. NFR is likely to complete the survey by August. SHILLONG, Meghalaya Vitals Tetelia (near Guwahati)-Shillong, 129.9 km n Estimated cost: Rs 5804.14 cr Phase 1: Digaru-Byrnihat, 21.50 km * Cost: Rs 496.24 cr * Physical progress: 22.89% Phase 2: Byrnihat-Shillong, 108.4 km * Physical progress: Survey on * Commissioning target: March 2020 KOHIMA, Nagaland The proposed line will be up to Zubza, 18 km ahead of the capital. “Outsiders” will need an Inner Line Permit. Vitals Dhansiri-Zubza, 91.75 km * Estimated cost: Rs 2,317 cr * Progress: First location survey complete * Commissioning target: March 2020 ITANAGAR, Arunachal Pradesh Vitals Harmuti (Assam)-Naharlagun, 21.75 km * Estimated cost: Rs 590 cr * Progress: Commissioned on April 7, 2014 GANGTOK, Sikkim Train can get to Rangpo, 38 km from capital Vitals Sivok (Bengal)-Rangpo (Sikkim), 44.96 km * Estimated cost: Rs 4,190 cr * Progress: Final locaton survey complete * Commissioning target: March 2020 * Pending: MoEF clearance for 98.49 Ha of reserve forest, including 8.85 Ha in Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary

Source - http://indianexpress.com/article/explained/the-new-northeast-expresses/

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