Published On:March 6 2017
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Tetalia-Byrnihat Railway Line to be ready by March 2018: says Meghalaya Governor.
Meghalaya Governor Banwarilal Purohit recently said the work on Tetalia-Byrnihat railway line in Ri-Bhoi district of the state is in progress and is likely to be commissioned by March next year. “The work on Tetalia-Byrnihat railway line is in progress and is likely to be commissioned by March 2018,” he said while addressing the opening day of the Budget session of the Assembly. He said the state now figures on the prime railway map of the country with the commencement of the train service between Duhnoi-Mendipathar-Gauhati in the North Garo Hills District.
The Tetelia-Byrnihat railway project faced many hurdles with regard to availability of land for early completion of the project. There is delay in handing over the designated land to the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) for the project. An official with the NFR said that work was going on in only those areas where they have got possession of the land. “We were not getting the whole stretch of land,” the NFR official, on the request of anonymity, said. According to the official, there is litigation over some government land in Assam; besides, they are yet to get clearance for a forest area of around 4 km in Assam. The 21.5-km Tetelia-Byrnihat rail line is scheduled to be completed at a cost of around Rs. 400 crore.