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Railway connectivity work has ‘vast strategic military value’ in Sikkim

 Railway connectivity work has ‘vast strategic military value’ in Sikkim

The Covid-19 pandemic has fundamentally influenced the Sevok-Rongpu expansive measure railroad line, which is at present under development.

In spite of the fact that the deadline for the railroad line's consummation has been moved to December 2022, the rail route connects with Sikkim is vital given the key area of the Himalayan state, since national security likewise becomes an integral factor.

It might be referenced that Nathula in Sikkim's East District, which likewise outskirts China, is just 56 kilometres from Gangtok. China has a railroad line associating Lhasa with Xigase, which got operational in August 2014.

The all-out length of the connection will be 44.98 km out of which 41.54 km will be in Bengal and 3.44 km in Sikkim.

Stations incorporate Sevok, Riyang close Rambi, Teesta Bazar, Melli on the Bengal side and Rongpu on the Sikkim side.

The New Austrian Tunneling Method (NATM) – the quickest and most secure strategy for the Himalayan area – is being utilized.

"In spite of the fact that work is on, the pace is moderate. Moving specialists to the site alongside keeping up social separation is troublesome. Be that as it may, we want to finish the undertaking by December 2022," said Subhanan Chanda, Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO,) NF Railways.

It will interface the capitals of Mizoram and Nagaland by March 2023.


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