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12 new railway lines being constructed in northeast

Work on 12 new railway lines with a total length of 1,248 km is being taken up in the northeast, an official statement said.”Against a national average of 20 km per 1,000 sq km railway network density, the north-eastern states have an average railway network density of 10.1 km per 1,000 sq km,” Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.

“Twelve new line works have been taken up in northeastern region having a total length of 1,248 km at a total cost of Rs. 38,416 crore (Rs.384 billion),” he said. According to the minister, Rs.2,279 crore was allocated in 2012-13, Rs.3,392 crore in 2013-14 and Rs.5,200 crore in 2014-15 for new lines, gauge conversion and doubling the existing lines in the region.
“An increased outlay of Rs.5,338 crore has been provided in 2015-16 for speedier execution of projects in the northeastern region,” Sinha said.