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Railways satisfied with progress of NE projects

Manipur has been mainly dependent on National Highway 53 [Silchar to Imphal] and National Highway 39 [Numaligarh to Moreh via Imphal] for communication with the rest of the country. Jiribam, the only rail-head in Manipur, is an extension of on 1.5 Km of Lumding-Silchar meter gauge section which is presently being converted into Broad Gauge.

The Jiribam to Imphal Road[Tupul] new line project was included in 2003-04 budget after abandoning the earlier proposal of new line project from Diphu [Dhansiri] station in Assam to Karong in Manipur sanctioned in 1997-98. The area involved in the alignment is very difficult hilly terrain with poor access. In view of the steep gradient and difficult terrain beyond, it was first proposed to terminate the line at Tupul [at Imphal Road Station]. However, as decided by Govt. of India, the proposed project will involve extension from Tupul to Imphal as well.

The New Maynaguri – Jogighopa new line traverses through the districts of Jalpaiguri and Coochbehar [ West Bengal ], Dhubri and Bongaigaon districts [Assam]. It takes off from existing New Maynaguri to New Coochbehar  via New Changrabandha-Mathabhanga station and then again  from New Coochbehar to Gauripur touching  Toofanganj ,Baxirhat ,  Golakganj .

Thereafter it will touch  Gauripur to Abhayapuri. From Gauripur it passes though Bilasipara ,Chapar and touch at Abhyapuri Railway station on the existing New Bongaigaon-Jogighopa –Kamakhya section.

Rangiya, which is an important sub-divisional town of Assam and a junction of the Northeast Frontier Railway is located 48 Kms. from Guwahati .

The erstwhile Eastern Bengal Railway developed Rangiya as a junction, while constructing the Golakganj-Amingaon branch line along with the Rangiya-Rangapara section.
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