Rail connectivity to boost trade and economy; Specifically along the agricultural sector: Nagaland CM

  • Loreni Tsanglao, NET Correspondent, Nagaland

Nagaland Chief Minister – Neiphiu Rio noted that the connectivity of the state railways will significantly boost trade and the economy, especially in the agricultural sector.

Addressing the inauguration ceremony of the Donyi Polo Express train in Shokhuvi on Friday, Rio mentioned that the second railway station was being established in the state after a long hiatus.

Referring to the same as a “historic achievement”, the CM expressed its gratitude to the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) and its representatives for the completion of the first phase of the project.

He further added that Molvon Station at Jornapani is expected to be completed by next March/April and Phase 2 – Pherima and Phase 3 Zubza are expected to be completed by 2023 and 2026 respectively.

Rio expressed the hope that the Dimapur – Tizit & Dimapur – Khelma (Silchar) railway line which is already approved by the Indian government will soon be implemented.

He mentioned that the completion of the project has been delayed due to land acquisition issues and called on the Gaon Burahs (GB), concerned public leaders and civil societies to cooperate with the Railway Department; enjoy the benefits of this connectivity.

Meanwhile, Minister of Public Health and Department of Engineering – Jacob Zhimomi acknowledged the Prime Minister’s vision to connect the northeastern states with the rest of the country.

He reiterated that the initiative is part of the pledge/witness given by the Chief Minister and his government to the people of the state.

“The rail connectivity between the three states of Nagaland, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh will not only improve the economy but also respond to new social relations,” he said.

Additionally, the NFR Managing Director highlighted the achievements, challenges and business plans in the state. The daily passenger train will run from Shokhuvi via Dhansari – Diphu- Lamding – Guwahati- Naharlagun (Arunachal Pradesh).

Lana T. Arthur