Date Of Post: 12 May, 2018
The Railways is seeking to increase connectivity in the Northeast region by planning to lay out more lines in the region .
- In this region , The railways has to deal with difficult terrain, loose soil, inclement weather conditions and even law-and-order problems, which have delayed projects in the region for decades.
- “ We have set a target of 2020 to connect these state capitals to the main railway network. Once these are complete, new trains which would directly link these to the metros will be introduced. This will not only help regional connectivity within these states, but also bring the Northeast closer to the rest of India, said A K Yadav, Chief Administrative Officer (Construction), NFR.
- While Guwahati and Itanagar are already connected to the national network, the capital towns of Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland and Meghalaya have now been taken up for linkages.
- The lines once commissioned will also help the movement of foodgrain, cement, sugar and other utilities to the northeast and will give a huge boost to tourism.
- Under the Narendra Modi government’s Mission 2020′, Railways has been tasked with providing connectivity to eight states of the northeast by 2020.
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