After a never-ending wait of 43 years Indian Railways has planned to enter the Himalayan state of Sikkim region. After the railways’ entry into the Sikkim region, the locals will be benefitted majorly. The proposed link will facilitate faster military movement on the Sino Indian border that the Himalayan state hosts.
According to reports, the project was awaiting the nod from the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) as NOC was required to cross most of the areas in Gorakhaland. The report claimed that the project has already got thumbs up from the Central government and concerned authorities.
The move gains significance as the two Asian giants were locked in a 70-day stand-off at Doklam Plateau at the Indo-Tibet-Bhutan tri-junction last year. At present, Sikkim has been connected with rest of India through only National Highway 10 which often gets blocked as the area is highly prone to landslides.
The estimated cost of the project reportedly will be Rs 1,339.48 crore.
Meanwhile, the railway ministry has decided to take all its big ticket projects rejected by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month back to him for reconsideration, sources in the ministry said on Wednesday.