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Aalo rail line survey to begin soon
ITANAGAR, Jan 11: Survey for a new railway line from Silapathar in Assam to Aalo via Bam in West Siang is set to begin soon, railway officials informed chief minister Pema Khandu.
Northeast Railways (construction) general manager, NK Prasad, and other railway officials met Khandu this evening and held detailed discussions about railway connectivity in the state.
Khandu had yesterday said that Aalo will be connected to the railway network soon.
Prasad informed that another new railway line from North Lakhimpur to Ziro has been approved by the Centre.
Khandu requested the officials to begin the survey and investigation work immediately and assured the government’s support and co-operation.
He was also informed that survey for three railway lines – Margherita to Deomali (31 km), Lekhapani to Kharsang (25 km) and Itakhola to Seijosa (18 km) – have been completed.
Survey for other railway lines are in progress including Doomdooma-Namsai-Wakro (96 km), Dangri-Roing (60 km), Deomali-Naharkatia (20 km), Kharsang-Miao-Nampong-New Kamlang Deban (75 km) and Tinsukia-Pasighat via Simalguri Kanubari (300 km).
Khandu also discussed the progress of railway lines from Murkongselek to Pasighat (26 km) and Pasighat-Tezu-Parashuram Kund-Rupai. The officials informed that land acquisition process for Murkongselek-Pasighat has been completed and survey work is in progress. They also informed that survey work for Pasighat to Rupai via Tezu and Parashuram kund is in progress.
The meeting also discussed the Bhalukpong-Tawang railway line that will cut down the travel distance from 385 km to 165 km when completed.
Khandu said that after the completion of the railway lines, farmers will benefit the most since currently there is an absence of market linkage for their produce.