Indian Railways to connect all Northeastern state capitals by 2020


Silchar (Assam): The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR), which is building rail infrastructure in the region, has targeted to connect all its eight state capitals by 2020, a senior official has said.

“We will connect all the state capitals of the eight northeastern states by railway link within 2020,” NFR general manager (construction) Rakesh Kumar Singh told reporters in Silchar.

He said: “Mizoram capital Aizawl and Manipur capital Imphal would be connected by railway network by 2018 and 2019 respectively. The capitals of the remaining states would be linked by 2020 and the works are on to achieve the target.”

Tripura’s capital Agartala already connected by railway networks, even though line between Assam’s Silchar-Agartala is meter gauge.

Agartala came up on the country’s rail map in 2008. Currently, northeastern states have around 2,700 km railway line comprising meter gauge and broad gauge (BG) lines, officials said. More info

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