Railway Minister, Suresh Prabhu announced a Rs 5,000 crore joint venture with the Assam government. The joint venture also includes a plan to construct elevated tracks between New Guwahati station and Kamakhya to eliminate 12 level crossing gates in Guwahati city. Besides, he also announced a slew of steps for rapid and wide scale development of rail connectivity in the northeastern region. The minister made the announcement while laying the foundation stone for the project of doubling of railway line from New Bongaigaon to Kamakhya via Goalpara Town and the doubling of railway line from Digaru to Hojai at a function held at the RPF Parade Ground at the Northeast Frontier Railway headquarters at Maligaon in the city. He also laid the foundation stone for the much-demanded railway electrification project for Raninagar Jalpaiguri – Guwahati via Rangiya railway line and flagged off the first passenger train service on the 10 km Karimganj – Maishashan newly converted broad gauge section in Barak valley of Assam. Construction of the elevated tracks at New Guwahati would also help to develop Guwahati station as a commercial hub, Prabhu said.
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