The Union Railway Minister, Ashwini Vaishnaw, announced that the Gross Budget Allocation for the Northeast Frontier Railway for 2023-24 is ₹10,988.80 crores. This marks a 13.75% increase from the previous year's allotment of ₹9,660.14 crores and will be invested in all North Eastern states. For the first time, ₹1.20 lakh crore has been allocated for connecting hilly and border areas.
The allocation includes funding for new line and track doubling projects, track renewal works, traffic facilities, road safety works, bridge works, signaling, workshop modernisation, and customer amenities.
Some of the notable projects include the Dimapur-Kohima new line with an allocation of ₹1100 crores, the Jiribam-Imphal new line with ₹800 crores, the Sivok-Rangpo new line in Sikkim with ₹2350 crores, and the Bairabi-Sairang new line in Mizoram with ₹915 crores. The Agartala-Akhaura international connectivity project between India and Bangladesh has received ₹200 crores, while the Araria-Galgalia project has received ₹700 crores.
The allocation also includes funds for the ongoing track doubling works, with ₹600 crores for the New Bongaigaon-Rangiya-Kamakhya project and ₹500 crores for the New Bongaigaon-Goalpara-Kamakhya project.
In conclusion, the railway minister emphasized that the allocation shows unprecedented growth in various segments and adequate funds have been provided for the early execution of all ongoing projects in the North Eastern region.