As a part of increasing the infrastructure along the Chinese border, the Indian railways have now decided to build three strategic railways along the border. The project is expected to be completed by 2019.
The clearance for building the lines was cleared in 2015 by the Cabinet Ministry. The ministry of Defence also sanctioned Rs 47.18 crore for the project.
“We have set a target of December 2018 for the FLS for Pasighat-Tezu-Rupai line and December 2019 as the deadline for the other two. These three are extremely difficult terrains and we have to deal with unstable and high mountains. In places such as the Sela Pass in the Missamari-Tenga-Tawang line, it is 14,000 feet high,” said A K Yadav, Chief Administrative Officer (Construction) of the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR).
Three lines are:
1.378-km Missamari-Tenga-Tawang line
2.227-km Pasighat-Tezu-Rupai line
3.249-km North Lakhimpur-Bame-Silapathar line