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Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Pema Khandu said that railways reaching to Tawang will be befitting reply to China

Union
Minister of State for Railways, Suresh Angadi along with officials from
the Ministry and Railways called on Chief Minister Pema Khandu. During
the courtesy call, both discussed on way forward to fast-track ongoing
and proposed railway lines in Arunachal Pradesh.

Khandu
emphasized that connectivity is the only bottleneck for a state which is
rich in potential. He sought special attention of the Ministry in
providing optimum railway connectivity in the state.

He
said Arunachal Pradesh, especially Tawang district, is much disputed by
China and railways reaching the farthest districts would be a befitting
reply to the ‘claims’, while urging the Ministry to speed up the work
on the Sela Tunnel paving way for the railway line to Tawang from
Bhalukpong.

Talking about the Shatabdi Express, introduced
between Naharlagun and Guwahati, Khandu said it is one of the most
sought after travelling mediums for commuters. He, however, stressed on
the need to change the departure time of the train from Naharlagun.

“On
popular demand of commuters, we would request the ministry to defer the
departure time from Naharlagun by about two hours. It departs at 5 am
at present, which is too early for passengers from Itanagar and nearby
places. It may be deferred to at least 7 am,” he urged.

He
further requested fixing the rate of land compensation for railway
tracks as fixed and offered to Assam, which the ministry has accepted.

The
railway minister said all railway projects in the state will be
fast-tracked and that no stone will be left unturned to complete them on
time. On request of the state government to connect the Arunachal
Express to also connect Murkongselek, Angadi informed that soon the
Arunachal Express will be upgraded to a Rajdhani Express.

“Arunachal
Express will become Arunachal Rajdhani Express soon. As all Rajdhani
Express trains are meant to connect state capitals, it won’t be feasible
right now to connect Murkongselek with the Arunachal Express,” he
informed.

Angadi also informed that an arrangement has already
been reached with Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) for ferrying its products
to Gumto, where IOC has its distribution plant, through train. This, he
said, will ease traffic congestion as well as ensure regular and timely
supply of petroleum products to the state.

Khandu asked the
departments with potentials for investment to come out with respective
roadmaps with each and every detail of latest facts and figures by
October 10 next.

“We have been repeating that we have immense
potential for investment and development, but only in words. Nobody is
exercising on how to bring in investment or actually doing any ground
work,” he said while calling upon the officials to do the ground work
and submit to the government all details of assets and potentials by the
deadline.

Chairing a meeting here on ‘Investment and the way
forward’ along with Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar, Khandu was very
particular on having on record all government assets, their status,
their revenue generation and investment potentials, etc. He opined that
unless and until all details are available with the government, it
wouldn’t be possible to invite investors to the state.

economictimes



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