Sarikah Atreya

Gangtok, Jan. 24

The joint inspection survey for the railway link with regard to finalisation of stations and terminal stations in the State was conducted at Rangpo in East Sikkim, where representatives from the Northeast Frontier Railways, Army and State Government officials were present.

During the meet, it was revealed that the new locational survey showing the stretch of rail route to about 44.39 km starting from Sevoke in West Bengal to Rangpo had been completed and that the report for the same have been put forward to the Railway Board for sanction.

Railway lines would be laid only after this survey is approved by the Railway Boards. As per the survey of 44.39-km stretch, 32 km will fall under tunnel. “The tunnel proposed is about 14 and out of which it is learnt that 3 - 4 tunnels would consist of more than 4 km in length,” the officials said.

With regard to the second phase of connectivity for a stretch of 69 km connecting Rangpo to Bhusuk, the preliminary engineering traffic (PET) survey has been completed. Here, the survey team has proposed two more stations – one near Saramsa Garden/Chota Singtam and the other at just beyond Bhusuk Junior High School area.

It is learnt that the train ferrying State would have stoppages at Rangpo main junction, Singtam, Nimtar, Chota Singtam/Saramsa station and Bhusuk.

In the second phase, the inspecting team will be working with nodal departments especially in areas where the rail route passes through forest land and private holdings.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated January 25, 2010)
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