Sivok-Rangpo Railway Project: Indian Railways to connect Sikkim with rest of India! According to the Railway Ministry, the work on the Sivok-Rangpo railway project is in progress at full throttle. This project will synergize new avenues of prosperity in the region once completed. The total length of the Sivok-Rangpo railway project is 44.96 KM. This would include 14 tunnels, with the longest tunnel of 5.27 kilometres and the smallest tunnel of 538 metres. Approx 45 percent of the total mining has been completed, according to the Railway Ministry. The Sivok-Rangpo railway project will include five railway stations, Sivok, Riyang, Melli, Rangpo, and Teesta Bazaar stations.
In September 2020, former Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had said in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha that the Sivok-Rangpo railway project was included in the Budget of 2008-09. The project’s 41.55 km length falls in the state of West Bengal and 3.41 km falls in Sikkim. He said, the latest anticipated project cost is Rs 4085 crore. Goyal had previously stated that an expenditure of Rs 682 crore has been incurred up to March 2020 and an outlay of Rs 607 crore was provided for the financial year 2020-21.
The Railway Ministry has also informed that the work is in progress on the 273 km for 3rd line between Mathura-Jhansi section under Mission Raftaar. The train services will scale at a speed of more than 150 km per hour on this route once the project is completed, the Railway Ministry said recently. The Railway Board had sanctioned the construction work of the 3rd line between Mathura and Jhansi vide item number 15 of 2015-16 pink book. The total sanctioned cost of the 3rd line of the Mathura-Jhansi section project was Rs 3677.76 crore in December 2015. The construction work on the 3rd line of the Mathura-Jhansi section was transferred to Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL), a PSU under the Ministry of Railways.
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