Sevoke-Rangpo Railway Projects Gets GTA Nod

Sevoke-Rangpo Railway Projects
A most awaited moment for the cornered tiny Himalayan state Sikkim was graced on Tuesday after GTA Chairman Binay Tamang assured to bring good coordination between Hill and Sikkim. The Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) has finally issued a no-objection certificate (NOC) to Sikkim’s first railway line, the Sevoke- Rangpo railway project.

In a press statement, Chairman of the GTA Board of Administrators, Binoy Tamang informed they have fulfilled their promise and have given the NOC for the rail line.

“GTA principal secretary Subrata Biswas has written to the Darjeeling District Magistrate, Joyoshi Das Gupta, regarding this matter on Tuesday,” Tamang said.

It may be mentioned here that GTA officials had met several railway officials in Darjeeling on 4 April and had come to a mutual understanding regarding the project, with the Railways agreeing to the various demands put forward by the GTA.

“The NOC was given as per the recent meeting with railway officials, as our demands were met and also for the benefit of the northeast region, along with Darjeeling and Sikkim. Railway officials had in the meeting maintained that the rail lines will reach Rangpo in Sikkim by 2022,” the release further added.

“As soon as the rail lines start functioning in the GTA area, rail services for different places like Delhi and Guwahati and other places can be started from here,” Tamang said.

As per the press statement Indian railways has agreed to their demands like four railway stations in the GTA area, while no explosives will be used for digging tunnels for the project, 80 percent of which will be underground.

The total distance between Sevoke and Rangpo will be 44.98 km, and that 90 percent of the train tracks will be laid in the GTA area, which is about 41.54 km. Sikkim side will have a mere 3.44 km of the tracks.

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