The Indian Railways is set to expanding railway connectivity in Andhra Pradesh extending up to Tawang and is ready to put all efforts to get it done. Railway lines have been proposed in the state to improve commuting in the northern and Eastern part of the state. The proposed lines are - Bhalukpong-Tenga-Tawang (378 km), North Lakhimpur-Bame-Aalo-Silapathar (247.85 km), and Pasighat-Tezu-Parsuram Kund-Rupai.
To review the status of the railway prospects in the state, a meeting was held which involved the Union Minister of State for Railways and a team of Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) along with Chief Minister Prema Khandu and the project was discussed. As per this, NRF is keeping the Bhalukpong-Tenga-Tawang railway line on priority due to its strategic importance in connectivity.
Reports suggest that the railway lines will be built at a height of 10000 ft, therefore most of the trains will be passing through a tunnel. In the interest of reducing distance, the Railways have recommended that two lane roads should be built parallely on the line.
Once the survey is completed and formalities are cleared, it will take around six to seven years for the Bhalukpong-Tenga-Tawang line to be up and ready, said the Union Minister of State for Railways with reference to the project.
Tawang is located at an elevation of about 10000 ft to the east of Bhutan. It has been a major tourist spot attracting thousands of tourists around the year. Bumla Pass,which is located around 37 km from Tawang, marks the India-China border.
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