Northeast Frontier Railway’s plan outlay increased by 24% in Budget


GUWAHATI: Union Budget 2017-18 has increased the plan outlay of Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) from Rs 7,620 crore in 2016-17 to Rs 9,422 crore in the next fiscal, which is an increase of 24 percent.

National project of Bogibeel Bridge in Upper Assam’s Dibrugarh, which will connect North and South banks of mighty Brahmaputra River, is likely to be completed by December 25, 2017.

Kamakhya railway station in Guwahati is selected as one of the 25 stations across the country for redevelopment in the 2017-18 Budget. Tender notice for technical-cum-financial proposal for re-development at the cost of Rs 225 crore will be floated soon.

Union Minister of State for Railways, Rajen Gohain said Union Budget has sanctioned as many as nine new projects for Northeast India. “A proposal is mooted for four-line elevated corridor between Kamakhya to New Guwahati with a cost of Rs 3,062 crore.”

Chahatey Ram, General Manager of NFR said, ” With electrification of 1,102 km line at a cost of Rs 1,432 crore, the entire main line section of NFR has been covered except the portion south of Lumding, few branch lines and Rangiya-Murkongselek section.”

Gohain said that Rs 649 crore has been allocated to NFR from Rashtriya Rail Sangraksha Kosh in 2017-18. “New surveys from as many as 12 new railway lines will be taken up.

General Manager of NFR (construction), HK Jaggi said construction work on the 111-km long Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal railway line is severely effected due to the ongoing economic blockade on two highways of Manipur.

United Naga council has clamped blockade on the highways since November 1 last year.

Jaggi said, “Blockade has made difficult movement of construction material at the site.”