North East connectivity on agenda; more than 450 km of broad gauge track commissioned

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New Delhi, April 21: Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha to a question in Lok Sabha on rail connectivity in the North East region of India said that Indian Railways have laid a great emphasis on improvement in Railway infrastructure in the North Eastern Region.

In his address, he said that Railway projects are taken up on the basis of remunerative, last mile connectivity, missing links and alternate routes, augmentation of congested/saturated lines, socio-economic considerations etc.

Sinha informed that an all time high outlay of over Rs. 5200 crore was provided and spent for new lines, gauge conversion and doubling projects in the North Eastern Region in 2014-15 against the total outlay of about Rs. 15000 crore for all such projects in the country.

He stated that in 2015-16, a still higher outlay of Rs. 5338 crore has been provided for these projects in North Eastern Region. Depending upon the ongoing projects, overall availability of funds and competing demands which covers connectivity in backward areas too.

Sinha mentioned that funds are allotted project-wise and not region-wise/state-wise. In 2012-13 and 2013-14, outlays of Rs. 2279 crore and Rs. 3392 crore were provided and spent for the projects of new line, gauge conversion and doubling in North Eastern Region.

With a view to complete the projects in this region expeditiously, Ministry of Railways has enhanced the outlays substantially in 2014-15 and 2015-16. As a result, more than 450 km of Broad Gauge track has been commissioned in North Eastern Region in 2014-15.

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