Arunachal Pradesh deputy chief minister Chowna Mein met railways minister Ashwini Vaishnaw in New Delhi on April 25 and discussed about several railway projects in the Northeast state.
During the meeting, Mein requested the railways minister to start the Murkongselek to Pasighat new broad gauge line project at the earliest. He apprised the minister that land acquisition process for the Murkongselek to Pasighat railway line will be resolved soon.
Pressing for the project to commence early, he said that the strategic line of Pasighat-Tezu-Rupai of 217 kms will revolutionize the communication network in eastern Arunachal Pradesh and will also facilitate movement of defence forces to the border areas.
DyCM Chowna Mein had also requested the Union minister to commence Rupai to Parshuramkund railway line simultaneously saying that the stretch of 90 km out of 217 km of Pasighat-Tezu-Parshuramkund-Rupai will be much easier as this section falls in the plain area.
Moreover, there is railway line upto Rupai and a holy pilgrimage site at Parshuramkund in Lohit district is visited by lakhs of pilgrims every year. The railway-project once completed will enhance tourists’ inflow to the holy place besides facilitating the pilgrims’ journey, he added.
He further apprised that the final location survey of Rupai to Parshuramkund railway line has already been completed.
The railways minister has assured to personally take up the matter for no objection certificate for the railway projects in Arunachal Pradesh with the defence ministry.