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China will face every front, rail will reach Sikkim in next two years

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Sikkim, a small state in the lap of the Himalayas, will be connected to the whole of India through rail in the next two years. The officials informed about this. The Sevok-Rangpo railway line will also be operational by 2023, after which movement in this state will be easy. This rail project is also important as a geo-strategy because this state of India shares its border with China, Nepal and Bhutan. In addition, the railway line will provide support to the border state especially during monsoon when Sikkim is cut off for several days due to regular landslides on National Highway 10.

“Sevok-Rangpo rail line will be operational by 2023,” said Anshul Gupta, General Manager, North East Frontier Railway, after visiting the project site in Sevoke. Let us inform that this railway line is about 20 kilometers from Siliguri in Bengal.

The foundation of this ambitious project was laid by the then Railway Minister Mamta Banerjee in the year 2009 and it was to be completed by the year 2015. Anshul Gupta said, “Despite the land constraints and difficult terrain, this project will be completed by the year 2023.”

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Railway officials said that the Prime Minister’s Office and the Railway Board have set a deadline of December 2023 for the completion of this project. According to a senior official of the Indian Railway Construction Company associated with the project, 30 percent of the work on this project has been completed so far.

This 44.98 km long railway line connects West Bengal and Sikkim. The estimated cost of this project was around Rs 1339.48 crore. However, due to the pendency of the project, now this cost has increased to Rs 5 thousand crore. 41.54 km of this railway line falls in Darjeeling and Kalimpong in West Bengal and only 3.44 km is in Sikkim.

A total of 14 tunnels, 17 bridges and five stations will be built under this project, out of which Kalimpong’s Teesta station will be underground. About 86 per cent of the route will pass through 14 tunnels, of which 13 will be in West Bengal. The project got delayed due to non-implementation of the Forest Rights Act of West Bengal. However, now the issues with the villagers have been resolved and this railway line will be operational soon.

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