Aug 25, 2016

Cabinet approves construction of second line between New Bongaigaon and Kamakhya of Northeast Frontier Railway in Assam

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for construction of second line between New Bongaigaon and Kamakhya of Northeast Frontier Railway in Assam at an estimated cost of Rs.2,232.32 crore and expected
completion cost of Rs.2,586.85 crore. 

The 176 km long railway line is expected to be completed in five years during 12th and 13th Plan period. 

Besides facilitating the travel, upcoming industries in the region will have additional transport capacity to meet their requirements. 

Background: 

The single main line section from New Bongaigaon to Kamakhya via Goalpara is an alternative route to New Bongaigaon-Kamakhya via Rangiya linking Guwahati. The line capacity utilization of the BG single line section has already over-saturated. Most of Gauge conversion projects in NE Region have been commissioned and work on Bogibeel Bridge is being expedited. With the commissioning of Bogibeel Bridge, traffic in the project section will increase manifold. Thus, doubling of New Bongaigaon-Kamakhya via Goalpara would augment its line capacity for smooth running of trains through the section.