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RPAN/Rangapara North Junction (5 PFs)
ৰঙাপৰা নর্থ জং     रंगापाड़ा नार्थ जंक्शन

Track: Single Diesel-Line

Type of Station: Junction
Number of Platforms: 5
Number of Halting Trains: 20
Number of Originating Trains: 3
Number of Terminating Trains: 3
Jn. Point: DKGN, HMY, RNY , Rangapara, Ph: 03714-250024
State: Assam
Elevation: 90 m above sea level
Zone: NFR/Northeast Frontier
Division: Rangiya
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Sep 19 2015 (12:21)  SPECIAL TRAINS BETWEEN NAHARLAGUN AND TEZPUR (www.nfr.indianrailways.gov.in)
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News Entry# 241925   Blog Entry# 1594352     
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Sep 19 2015 (12:21PM)
Station Tag: Dekargaon/DKGN added by Mazhar/1139229

Sep 19 2015 (12:21PM)
Station Tag: Rangapara North Junction/RPAN added by Mazhar/1139229

Sep 19 2015 (12:21PM)
Station Tag: Viswanath Charali/VNE added by Mazhar/1139229

Sep 19 2015 (12:21PM)
Station Tag: Harmuti Junction/HMY added by Mazhar/1139229

Sep 19 2015 (12:21PM)
Station Tag: Naharlagun/NHLN added by Mazhar/1139229

Posted by: Mazi IRI  33 news posts
To cater the increasing demands of accommodation during the Puja holidays, Northeast Frontier Railway has decided to run special trains between Naharlagun (Itanagar) and Dekargaon (Tezpur) o­n an experimental basis for a period of three months w.e.f. 10-09-2015 to 30-11-2015 in addition to the normal train services between Naharlagun and Dekargaon. Accordingly, train number 05618 will leave from Naharlagun daily at 08-00 hrs. to arrive Dekargaon at 13-30hrs. While, train number 05617 will leave Dekargaon at 14-15 hrs. to arrive Naharlagun at 19-15 hrs. The train will stop at Rangapara North, Balipara, Nizchatia, Vishwanath Charali, Helem, Gohpur, Tatibahar, Harmuti and Gumto stations both ways. AC 2 tier, AC 3 tier, sleeper class and general second class accommodations are available.

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Sep 21 2015 (16:07)
Anand Mohan Mishra~   377 blog posts   38 correct pred (86% accurate)
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This train should run upto Rangiya Junction. Then only this train will become useful.
May 18 2015 (11:00)  Rangiya-Murkongselek gauge converted (www.assamtribune.com)
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May 18 2015 (11:00AM)
Station Tag: Balipara/BVU added by Mazhar/1139229

May 18 2015 (11:00AM)
Station Tag: Silapathar/SPTR added by Mazhar/1139229

May 18 2015 (11:00AM)
Station Tag: Rangapara North Junction/RPAN added by Mazhar/1139229

May 18 2015 (11:00AM)
Station Tag: Bhalukpong/BHNG added by Mazhar/1139229

May 18 2015 (11:00AM)
Station Tag: Murkeongselek/MZS added by Mazhar/1139229

May 18 2015 (11:00AM)
Station Tag: Dhemaji/DMC added by Mazhar/1139229

May 18 2015 (11:00AM)
Station Tag: Rangiya Junction/RNY added by Mazhar/1139229

May 18 2015 (11:00AM)
Station Tag: North Lakhimpur/NLP added by Mazhar/1139229

May 18 2015 (11:00AM)
Station Tag: Rangiya Junction/RNY added by Mazhar/1139229

Posted by: Mazi IRI  33 news posts
Rangiya-Murkongselek gauge converted
GUWAHATI, May 10 – Sudarshan Nayak, Commissioner of Railway Safety, NF Circle, Kolkata inspected the newly converted broad gauge (BG) line of the Rangiya-Murkongselek gauge conversion project (national project) of Rangiya Division from Sripani to Murkongselek (72 km) on May 6 and 7, and from Balipara to Bhalukpong (34.8 km) on May 8. This was stated in a press release.
At first, the safety official conducted motor trolley inspection from Sripani to Telam on May 6 and from Telam to Murkongselek the next day. Then the speed train trial
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run from Murkongselek to Sripani was taken on May 7. He also inspected the branch line from Balipara to Bhalukpong on May 8 for opening of the section for passenger traffic. In both the sections, the high speed trial run was conducted at 115/116 kmph.
The gauge conversion from Sripani to Murkongselek and Balipara to Bhalukpong is a part of the Rangiya-Murkongselek (511.88 km) gauge conversion project. For the project, at first Rangiya-Rangapara North-Dekargaon (144.48 km) was completed on November 7, 2013, Rangapara North-Harmuti (142.76 km) completed on March 28, 2014, Harmuti-North Lakhimpur (35 km) completed on December 16, 2014, North Lakhimpur to Sripani (82 km) completed on March 13, 2015 and finally, from Sripani to Murkongselek and from Balipara to Bhalukpong completed on May 8 this year.
With the completion of CRS inspection in both the remaining sections of the project, literally the work of the much awaited Rangiya-Murkongselek gauge conversion national project has come to an end. The Northeast Frontier Railway will start passenger and goods traffic operation on the whole section shortly.
During the inspection, the CRS, NF Circle was accompanied by Surinder Pal, Chief Administrative Officer, NF Railway, Construction-2, Radhey Raman, Divisional Railway Manager, Rangiya, SC Rajak, Chief Engineer, NF Railway, Construction-5, and other senior railway officials.
Feb 22 2015 (23:36)  New AC train from Nahar Lagun to New Delhi (www.assamtribune.com)
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Feb 22 2015 (11:36PM)
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Feb 22 2015 (11:36PM)
Station Tag: Kanpur Central/CNB added by Mazhar/1139229

Feb 22 2015 (11:36PM)
Station Tag: Lucknow City/LC added by Mazhar/1139229

Feb 22 2015 (11:36PM)
Station Tag: Gorakhpur Junction/GKP added by Mazhar/1139229

Feb 22 2015 (11:36PM)
Station Tag: Rangiya Junction/RNY added by Mazhar/1139229

Feb 22 2015 (11:36PM)
Station Tag: Rangapara North Junction/RPAN added by Mazhar/1139229

Feb 22 2015 (11:36PM)
Station Tag: Guwahati/GHY added by Mazhar/1139229

Feb 22 2015 (11:36PM)
Station Tag: Naharlagun/NHLN added by Mazhar/1139229

Posted by: Mazi IRI  33 news posts
Modi flags off two trains in Arunachal
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ITANAGAR, Feb 20 – Prime Minister Narendra Modi today dedicated to the nation the 21.75-km long Harmuti-Naharlagun rail line and flagged off the Naharlagun-Delhi AC Express and the Inter-City Express between Naharlagun and Guwahati, thereby bringing the strategically located border State of Arunachal Pradesh to the country’s railway map.
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Supply Scheme and laid the foundation stone of a 132KV transmission line before declaring the ‘Festival of Arunachal’ open – to the cheers from a huge gathering. He also released a souvenir to mark the 29th Statehood Day of Arunachal Pradesh.
Pinpointing poor connectivity as the main obstacle for underdevelopment in the North East, the Prime Minister, in his address, said Arunachal Pradesh is getting both gati (momentum) and urja (energy) today and these projects would contribute to improving connectivity.
Stating that a rail network is the backbone of development, Modi exuded hopes that the railways will speed up Arunachal Pradesh’s development. “With the rail connectivity, I am sure tourism will increase and people will see the beauty of this land.”
Pointing out that poverty eradication cannot happen on the basis of mere slogans, he said that the projects being launched today would boost connectivity and provide electricity, which would in turn become strong weapons in the fight against poverty.
Talking about the immense hydropower potential of Arunachal Pradesh, the Prime Minister gave examples of how Nepal and Bhutan were harnessing hydropower to transform their economy, and how Himachal Pradesh had done the same for India.
He said Arunachal Pradesh could provide electricity to the entire country, and called for development of the State’s hydropower potential, simultaneously providing proper compensation to the people who get displaced by hydropower projects.
The Prime Minister revealed that the Union government is contemplating to establish six new agricultural colleges in the North East, and said the region could become a major centre for organic farming. “The North East can become organic farming capital of India,” he added.
He further shared that ‘Make in North East’ is being envisaged as an integral part of the ‘Make in India’ initiative.
“Ministers and senior officers of the Union government are now working in close coordination with the northeastern States to remove the bottlenecks in development, ” he added.
Among others, Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, Union Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha and MoS for Home Kiren Rijiju were present on the occasion. State Assembly Speaker Nabam Rebia and Home Minister Tanga Byaling were also present.

Feb 23 2015 (17:18)
srinivasvasanthi   3560 blog posts   13 correct pred (50% accurate)
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Arunachal Pradesh NAHARLAGUN to DELHI WEEKLY AC SF EXPRESS should be converted as ORDINARY SF with Sleeper Class Coaches and ordinary common people sitting general coaches for the benefit of the common people.
Jan 30 2015 (22:18)  Rangiya-Murkongselek BG line by March 15 (www.assamtribune.com)
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Posted by: Mazi IRI  33 news posts
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JONAI, Jan 29 – Claiming that the broad gauge (BG) conversion work of the Rangiya-Murkongselek route of the NF Railway has been completed, the railway authority is set to operate passenger train service there from March 15 this year.
NF Railway sources said that the 155-km railway stretch from North Lakhimpur to Murkongselek (Jonai) has been completed and the construction wing of NF Railway is all set to hand over the same to the traffic wing for operation of passenger trains.
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construction engineers of the NF Railway are confident of completing the Bogibeel Bridge over the Brahmaputra in early 2016 as top officials of the Railways have pulled up their socks for early completion of the same. The department has resumed construction of the remaining six pillars of the bridge and is expected to complete the same within the scheduled period.
The bridge, when competed, will provide rail connectivity between Dibrugarh and Tinsukia of Upper Assam with Dhemaji district of North Assam and Siang districts of Arunachal Pradesh.
It may be mentioned here that the Rangiya-Murkongselek railway route came up in 1962 during the Chinese Aggression for transportation and mobilisation of security forces to Arunachal Pradesh. The Rangiya-Murkongselek broad gauge line has been proposed to be extended to Pasighat in Arunachal and further to Roing, Parsuramkund, Rupai, Anjaw and other places along the Indo-China border.
The BG conversion project was one of the two major rail projects in Assam announced by the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during 2010.
Jan 14 2015 (19:25)  Train services between Rangapara North - North Lakhimpur introduced (www.nfr.indianrailways.gov.in)
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News Entry# 209063   Blog Entry# 1340263     
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Jan 14 2015 (7:34PM)
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Jan 14 2015 (7:34PM)
Station Tag: Harmuti Junction/HMY added by attitude/791694

Jan 14 2015 (7:34PM)
Station Tag: Tipling/TPG added by attitude/791694

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Jan 14 2015 (7:34PM)
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Jan 14 2015 (7:34PM)
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Jan 14 2015 (7:34PM)
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Train services between Rangapara North - North Lakhimpur introduced
Maligaon, 14th January, 2014: Northeast Frontier Railway today introduced passenger train services between Rangapara North and North Lakhimpur. Conversion of this 173 KM long stretch into broad gauge was completed recently. The Commissioner of Railway Safety after inspection of the newly converted section, issued permission declaring the section fit for introduction of passenger train services. With today’s introduction of passenger train services, a long pending need of the people of this area got fulfilled.
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Rangapara North at 05-30 hrs. to arrive North Lakhimpur station at 10-05 hrs. and during return journey train no. 05832 will leave North Lakhimpur station at 10-35 hrs. to arrive Rangapara North station at 15-30 hrs. During its journey the train will stop at Balipara, Dhalaibil, Nizchatia, Viswanath Chariali, Monabari, Nizbargang, Bedetti, Helem, Brahmajan, Gohpur, Dubia, Uttar Kathani, Tatibahar, Tipling, Harmuti, Tanijan, Kathal Phukuri and Silanibari. The special train will have ten general second class coaches and two luggage vans.
(Sugato Lahiri)
CPRO

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Jan 17 2015 (20:31)
Vaibhav Agarwal*^   6114 blog posts   2568 correct pred (94% accurate)
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Jan 14 2015 (13:17)  passenger train to North Lakhimpur (www.dainikagradoot.com)
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Jan 14 2015 (1:17PM)
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Jan 14 2015 (1:17PM)
Station Tag: Rangapara North Junction/RPAN added by Mazhar/1139229

Posted by: Mazi IRI  33 news posts
New passenger train introduced between Rangapara North and North Lakhimpur from today.
Jan 14 2015 (12:51)  intruduction of new Special passenger train to north lakhimpur (www.assamtribune.com)
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Jan 14 2015 (12:51PM)
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Jan 14 2015 (12:51PM)
Station Tag: North Lakhimpur/NLP added by Mazhar/1139229

Jan 14 2015 (12:51PM)
Station Tag: Harmuti Junction/HMY added by Mazhar/1139229

Jan 14 2015 (12:51PM)
Station Tag: Viswanath Charali/VNE added by Mazhar/1139229

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Station Tag: Balipara/BVU added by Mazhar/1139229

Jan 14 2015 (12:51PM)
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Posted by: Mazi IRI  33 news posts
NF Railway Introduced a special passenger train from Rangapara North Jn to North Lakhimpur Today. This is the firt train to North Lakhimpur after gauge conversion.
the train dept from Rangapara at %.30 am & reached Lakhimpur at 10.05 am and on the same day it dept from Lakhimpur at 10.35 am & reach Rangapara 3.30pm.
Jun 21 2014 (20:52)  NFR plea to maintain cleanliness on premises (www.assamtribune.com)
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Jun 21 2014 (8:52PM)
Station Tag: Rangapara North Junction/RPAN added by NFR Weather at its Best/311087

Jun 21 2014 (8:52PM)
Station Tag: Rangapara North Junction/RPAN added by NFR Weather at its Best/311087

Jun 21 2014 (8:52PM)
Station Tag: Rangiya Junction/RNY added by NFR Weather at its Best/311087

Jun 21 2014 (8:52PM)
Station Tag: Katihar Junction/KIR added by NFR Weather at its Best/311087

Jun 21 2014 (8:52PM)
Station Tag: Alipur Duar Junction/APDJ added by NFR Weather at its Best/311087

Jun 21 2014 (8:52PM)
Station Tag: New Jalpaiguri Junction/NJP added by NFR Weather at its Best/311087

Jun 21 2014 (8:52PM)
Station Tag: Lumding Junction/LMG added by NFR Weather at its Best/311087

Jun 21 2014 (8:52PM)
Station Tag: Mariani Junction/MXN added by NFR Weather at its Best/311087

Jun 21 2014 (8:52PM)
Station Tag: New Tinsukia Junction/NTSK added by NFR Weather at its Best/311087

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Posted by:   332 news posts
GUWAHATI, June 20 – The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has called upon commuters and general public to adhere to the rules and regulations relating to cleanliness at railway properties and premises and added that violation of rules will invite penalties.
NFR PRO Nripen Bhattacharya said that a fine of up to Rs 500 is liable to be imposed on anybody found littering the railway premises including stations, platforms, circulating areas and the trains.
He said steps have been intensified to detect such cases and punish the guilty parties at all railway premises.
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is noteworthy that in 2013-14, over 18,700 such cases were detected by the NFR and fines totalling nearly Rs 19 lakh were imposed as penalty.
The official said that as per the Indian Railways (Penalties for Activities Affecting Cleanliness at Railway Premises) Rules 2012 no person is allowed to throw litter in “any occupied or unoccupied railway premises or carriages” except in authorized places.
“However, it has come to our notice that many such illegal activities are carried out deliberately or unknowingly and we are committed to crack down on such incidents. We also seek the cooperation of the general public in fighting the menace,” he said.
Steps have also been taken against defacing of walls where posters or other writings have been unauthorizedly put up.
“As per the rules, hawkers and vendors will have to make necessary arrangements to keep containers of waste baskets for collecting litter and their proper disposal,” said the official.

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Now all NFR Stations are having board saying please entry with valid ticket or platform ticket in the station.

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Jun 23 2014 (12:24)
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NFR should also put a board in front of the UTS counters saying that passengers can buy the unreserved ticket at any time and the UTS clerk cannot deny to sale the ticket and ask the passengers that you will get the ticket before half an hour of the actual arrival of the train. If the UTS clerk failed to do so and pursue his/her willfulness then he will be punished.
May 21 2014 (01:13)  Last phase of Rangiya–Murkongselek gauge conversion project completed (www.sentinelassam.com)
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May 21 2014 (1:13AM)
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May 21 2014 (1:13AM)
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GUWAHATI, May 20: The last phase of gauge conversion from North Lakhimpur to Murkongselek (154 km) of Rangiya–Murkongselek gauge conversion project (511.88 km) has been completed within the targeted period and engine rolling done on 29.03.2014 from North Lakhimpur to Gogamukh and Gogamukh to Murkongselek on 30.03.2014.
The Rangiya – Murkongselek gauge conversion project including branch lines (511.88 km) was included in the budget 2003–04 and declared the project as a National Project. Works for this project was done in five phases. In phase–I from Rangiya to Rangapara North (123 km), phase–2 from Rangapara North to Tezpur (Dekargaon) section, phase–3 from Rangapara North to North Lakhimpur (173 km), phase–4 from Balipara to Bhalukpong (34.47 km, Branch line) and phase–5 from North Lakhimpur
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to Murkongselek (154 km).
The phase–1 & 2 from Rangiya to Rangapara North & Tezpur (Dekargaon) have already been completed & commissioned on 04.01.2014. Works for phase–3 & 5 from Rangapara North to North Lakhimpur and North Lakhimpur to Murkongselek was completed and train engine rolled in the section in March, 2013 & March, 2014 respectively. Commissioner of Railway Safety conducted inspection and speed trial run including Harmuti–Naharlagun new BG line on March 29, 2014 and authorized railway for train running in the section. Train service started from Rangapara North–Harmuti–Naharlagun section from 7.4.2014.
Project is going on in full swing to complete all works pertaining to passenger amenities and safety of train so that Commissioner of Railway Safety, NF Circle, Kolkata is invited for inspection in January, 2015.
Branch line from Balipara to Bhalukpong will also be opened in January, 2015. In this project there are 652 minor bridges, 211 major bridges, 10 Road Over Bridges, 8 nos Road Under Bridges and 39 station buildings. Additional 57.72 hectare of land acquired and 86.46 lac cum earthwork done to complete the formation and diversion.
With the completion of this 530 km long project including 20 km new line project from Harmuti to Naharlagun, the long need for desired Broad Gauge rail connectivity to this part of Northeast will be fulfilled. North Bank of the river Brahmaputra which serves the total area of the alignment being converted to BG is treated as a part of the life line of Assam and is thickly populated. The region serves as the gateway for the Northern portion which is very sensitive due to the existence of International boundary with China. Completion of this project along with bridging of Brahmaputra at Bogibeel will result in easing out the transhipment bottleneck and minimize transit time. With this improved connectivity, people of this region will have easier access to better healthcare, better education and better economic opportunities. This will usher in faster development and growth of industrial entities in the region. With mass transportation possible, cost of transportation of goods will reduce which will result in cheaper prices of goods. The line will also serve strategically for the movement of security personnel to the border State of Arunachal Pradesh and above all the people will get connected to the Indian mainstream. This was stated in a press release.

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May 22 2014 (08:22)
Anand Mohan Mishra~   377 blog posts   38 correct pred (86% accurate)
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Good News...Waiting for this project...
Oct 28 2013 (07:44)  Arunachal, Meghalaya to be on railways map soon (www.rediff.com)
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Posted by: abhinavp  883 news posts
After facing a scarcity of funds and a challenging law and order situation for about two decades, Indian Railways’ expansion in the Northeast is finally gaining momentum. Three of the five key railway projects identified by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) as “critical” for the region are nearing completion.
Projects about to be completed include the first rail connectivity projects in Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh, along with crucial gauge conversion between Rangpara and North Lakhimpur, which would connect Arunachal Pradesh to the rest of the country. The three projects entail a cost of about Rs 3,000 crore. “Our deadlines for the first rail connectivity to Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh are set at March 2014, and we will achieve it this time,” said
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a Railway Board official.
For India, the Northeast region bordering China is strategically important, but lack of funds and the adverse law and order situation there have kept the region infrastructure-starved. Officials in the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, however, said development of the Northeast had found a special mention in the 11th and 12th five-year Plans.
“This has helped fast-track projects in the region,” the officials said. Dudhnoi-Mendipathar, a 20-km line in the Garo Hills of Meghalaya, involving an investment of about Rs 180 crore, has been in works for about two decades. Announced in Budget 1992-93, the line faced several hurdles.
“There was a severe law-and-order problem. Railway officials had been kidnapped in the past. Locals resisted, fearing with rail connectivity, illegal immigrants would settle here. Things have improved, but we have to be careful,” said a senior North East Frontier Railway official.
Officials said on the ground, work was underway in full swing. Land acquisition for the line was complete and three major bridges on the line had also been completed, along with 50 minor bridges needed on the hilly terrain. “It’s a tough terrain we are working on,” said an official involved with the project.
Harmati-Naharlagun, a 20-km line in Arunachal Pradesh announced in 1996-97, would cost the railways about Rs 407 crore (Rs 4.07 billion). The line is set to record its first run in March 2014. The line was identified as crucial to national security in the last Railway Budget, owing to the presence of Chinese railway infrastructure on the state’s borders.
“China is investing heavily in domestic and trans-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian nations) network and India has failed to catch up. The importance of connectivity in the Northeast is self-evident; it’s our link to the ASEAN. The post-1962 war psychosis — if we build roads into the Northeast, it might be a potential security threat — is one that has to go away,” says C Uday Bhaskar, fellow at the Society for Policy Studies, a Delhi-based think tank.
“There are some high power lines crossing the railway alignment; we have asked the Power Grid Corporation to realign these soon,” said a senior North East Frontier Railway official. He added this time, the railways would complete the work on time.
In 2007, conversion of the 510-km Rangiya-Murkongselek line from metre gauge to broad gauge was declared a national project. Scheduled to be completed in three phases, a 123-km stretch is already ready. The PMO had said the second phase, the 172-km Rangpara-North Lakhimpur stretch, would be completed on a priority basis. Now, tracks have been linked and the station and yard works are underway.
The project was announced in 2003-04; since then, it has faced various hurdles such as lack of funds. Railway officials say there is a dearth of good contractors in the region. Frequent strikes also affect work, they add.
In July this year, the Ministry of Finance had agreed to provide an additional Rs 400 crore (Rs 4 billion) for these three projects. North East Frontier Railway officials say the perpetual lack of funds has stalled about 10 projects in the region. These projects, ranging from construction of new lines to gauge conversion, involve an investment of about Rs 20,000 crore (Rs 200 billion).
“This year, we got about Rs 2,400 crore from the Ministry of Railways, but the demand is about Rs 4,500 crore (Rs 45 billion) a year. We have the capacity to increase the speed of the projects and expedite completion,” said a senior railway official.
The Bogibeel bridge connecting the north and south Bank in Arunachal Pradesh and costing about Rs 4,500 crore, is expected to be completed by 2016. However, officials say the completion “depends on the availability of funds”. Completion of the Lumding-Silchar gauge conversion announced in 1996 might also have to wait.
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