Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh chief secretary Naresh Kumar has directed Tawang Deputy Commissioner Sang Phuntsok to take on board the villagers and their representatives for a final location survey of the new railway track from Bhalukpong to Tawang, a distance of about 200 km.

Kumar’s direction followed a virtual meeting with Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) (construction) General Manager Sunil Sharma on Tuesday.

Phuntsok had earlier said one of the proposed sites for a railway station in Tawang happens to straddle five villages – Shernup, Jamkhar, Ruikhar, Bekhar, and Boksar.

The proposed railway station may affect a sacred lake known as Tsoh-Manja-Chhenmo (between Jamkhar and Shernup).

The Chief Secretary said the railway line is of strategic importance for the nation. Therefore, a site shall be selected that is technically feasible and at the same time villagers also voluntarily offer the land for the proposed railway station.

It was accordingly decided that representatives of all stakeholders would visit the site on June 21 to finalise the location of the proposed railway station.

Commissioner to the chief minister, Sonam Chombey and transport secretary Dani Sulu also attended the meeting.

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