The Ministry of Railways is planning an ambitious project to connect some of the most remote corners of India’s Northeast to the rest of the country, according to reports.
A railway line to Tawang, located at an elevation of 10,000 feet in Arunachal Pradesh, along India’s border with China, is being considered, alongside connecting Bamey and Pasighat to the rest of the country, Union Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain told the media. Arunachal Pradesh is often claimed by China as part of its territory, in a running dispute with India.
The survey work for the project, which is estimated to cost ₹50,000-70,000 crore, is expected to begin next year.
Northeast Frontier Railways (NFR) general manager for construction HK Jaggi told The Times of India that the Bhalukpung-Tawang line would be the most difficult to construct as it would pass through an area where the altitudes range from 500 feet to 9,000 feet, reaching above 13,000 feet at Sela, the highest point in the region. The survey is expected to chart a route that will not be impeded by such heights. More info