Guwahati: Union minister of state for Railways, Raosaheb Patil Danve, inspected various project sites of the ongoing Dimapur–Kohima new BG railway line project.
The line starts from Dhansiri station, about 18 km before Dimapur on the mainline, between Lumding and Dimapur. The new line will end at Zubza, adjacent to Kohima.
The work is going on in full swing and could be ready by March 2026. Once completed, it will connect Kohima with the rest of the country via a new mode of transport and improve Nagaland’s economy. The Union minister inspected one station, two tunnels, and a bridge along the route.
During his visit, the Union minister also saw a presentation of the entire project through a replica of the proposed railway line under construction from Dimapur to Kohima.
He inspected the newly-built Shokhuvi railway station. He inspected under construction tunnels (Tunnel No 1 & 2) of the project and interacted with the workers engaged in tunnel construction in remote hill areas.
The project includes over 29 km of tunnelling. Similarly, some bridges being constructed in this project are located at remote sites. The Union minister inspected bridge No 86, one of the major bridges of the project.
The Northeast Frontier Railway (Construction) is executing the 82.50 km long new railway line project at an anticipated cost of Rs 6,648 crore.
The project includes eight new stations (including Kohima), 24 major bridges, 166 minor bridges, 4 road-over bridges, 18 road-under bridges and 14 limited-height subways.
Of the total stretch, 2.75 km is in Assam, and the rest is in Nagaland. The entire project will be executed in three phases: Phase-I: Dhansiri – Shokhuvi (16.5 km); Phase-II: Shokhuvi – Pherima (28.00 km) and Phase-III: Pherima – Zubza (38.00 km).
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