Giving deliberate interest the center is scrutinizing the viability to connect the district Tawang (a Sino-India border) in Arunachal Pradesh with railway grid of the country.
India’s stab to take the train to Himalaya height, the center has asked the Manoj Sinha and Kiren Rijiju who was the minister of state for Railway and Home Affair respectively to scrutinize the viability of the project.
Both the ministers have visited the state on April 1, 2017 to study the feasibility of the rail network in the remote area and begin the final location survey for three railway lines at Naharlagun railway station near the Itanagar, capital of Arunachal Pradesh.
The most aspiring among these is connecting the Tawang with the Bhalukpong which is the gateway to Tawang 330 km uphill by road and also the last station of Indian railway in the border of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
The other two lines which is the part of survey is the 227 km line to Parsuramkund in the southeastern part of the state and the other is 248 km line to Aalo in the central.
The Bhalukpong-Tawang rail line is the most challenging project according the Indian railway and it costs to more than 70,000 cr. Indian railway doing hard work in finding a perfect path for laying the railway gauge by avoiding the high altitude.
As Guwahati is the nearest city from Tawang and it takes 18 hour to reach Tawang from Guwahati and also the people of Tawang is heavily depended on it for medical emergency.
Tawang is of great importance to India as it is located in India-China border and China is continuously laying claim on it.
Last year China intently expands its railway network which connects the Lhasa, capital of Tibet and the Shigatse a politically charged border with India and Nepal. This made NDA government to make a proposal to enhance railway connectivity near China border.