NE Capitals to be linked with rail
After reviewing the progress of 34 ongoing railway projects which include 11 national projects of the North-East Frontier Railway, Railway Minister DV Sadananda Gowda recently announced that all the north-eastern State capitals will be connected to the rail network within the next five years. At present, only the capitals of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura are connected to the rail network. The total anticipated cost of the projects was Rs. 5,35,22 crore, of which Rs. 1,99,05 crore had been spent as on March 31, 2014. The projects included laying new lines, gauge conversion and track doubling. Gowda said he had already announced a budgetary grant of Rs 5,742 crore for the current financial year, which was 54 per cent more than the previous year’s allocation. All chief ministers of the region were extending full cooperation in executing the projects, and providing the required security for train services as well.