Date of Post: 1 Feb, 2019
Work on 15 new railway lines at a cost of Rs 50,000 crore is presently underway in north-eastern states to provide connectivity to the region, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Thursday. Under the ‘Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan’ around 1,000 government buildings and over 650 railway stations have been made fully accessible to Divyangjans, addressing the joint sitting of the 2 Houses, Kovind said.
- The President said,”My Government is working towards bringing about a transformation through transport and tourism in order to make lives of the people of north-east easier.”
- Almost all railway lines of the north-east have been converted to broad gauge.
- Efforts are underway to provide rail connectivity to capital cities of all 8 States.
- He said, “For this, the work on 15 new rail lines is under progress at a cost of approximately Rs.50,000 crores.”
- The President said, to ensure that accidents at unmanned level crossings don’t recur, railways have eliminated all such crossings on this year.
- Many projects where delays in completion like Western Peripheral Expressway near Delhi, Bogibeel railroad bridge in Assam, Kollam Bypass in Kerala have been fast tracked and completed, Kovind said.
- Kovind said, “By completing these projects, my Government has done justice to the resources of the nation and aspirations of the people.”
- The eastern part of India comprising east Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha and states of northeast, “has the potential to become a new ‘Growth Engine,” he said.
- He said,”Therefore, my Government is relentlessly striving to strengthen the infrastructure related to railways, highways, waterways and airways in eastern India.”
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