New Delhi: Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu on Saturday requested Union minister for railways and IT and communications Ashwini Vaishnaw to expedite all the ongoing railway projects in the state.

Khandu, who called on the Union minister at his office in New Delhi, categorically requested the railways ministry to expedite the Murkongselek-Pasighat line, for which he assured to extend all possible support from the state.

“Any matter relating to the state that comes in the way of development of the rail project would be resolved,” Khandu said.

The Union minister gifted a beautiful model of Vande Bharat Express, also known as Train 18, during the meeting.

Train 18 is an Indian higher-speed intercity electric multiple unit which was designed and built by Integral Coach Factory (ICF) at Perambur, Chennai under the Indian government’s Make in India initiative. The indigenously made train is capable of hitting a peak speed of up to 200 km per hour.

The chief minister while appreciating the initiative said that this new train is a great reform undertaken under Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Indian Railways.

Union minister Vaishnaw promised to introduce the Vande Bharat Express in the northeast too.

Chief minister Khandu also urged the Union minister to support Arunachal Pradesh in improving its digital and telecommunication connectivity.

Khandu informed that the state government has adopted the e-office module and almost the entire civil secretariat of the state is now paperless.

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The chief minister, while thanking the Union government for sanctioning 1683 4G Mobile Towers for unconnected villages of Arunachal Pradesh, requested for installation of the same at the earliest.

While emphasizing on development of border areas, Khandu urged for special 4G towers in the border villages.

The chief minister has been strongly pitching on development of border areas to stop migration of border populace due to lack of basic infrastructures.

The Union minister on his part assured all possible support to Arunachal Pradesh.

Khandu was accompanied by chief secretary Naresh Kumar during his visit.



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