The bid to take trains to Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang district at a height of 10,000 ft to soon turn into a reality with the laying of the foundation stone of Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR)’s camp office and rest house on November 8th, 2019.
“We are very soon going to connect Tawang with railways, the railway line from Bhalukpong to Tawang will be 198 kilometres, out of which 177 kilometres will be under tunnels with very little disturbance to the ecology,” said NK Prasad, General Manager (Construction) NFR.
The proposed railway tunnel crossing Dzela pass will be 27 kilometres one of the longest tunnel in the country. “Whereas the road distance from Tawang to Bhalukpong is around 300 kilometres,” informed senior Indian Railway officers.
Tawang is a strategic border town in Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims to be southern Tibet. Bhalukpong is the entry point on the road to Tawang at 10,000 feet about 290 km away. The small, beautiful town, Tawang is also connected by helicopter service.
“It was a distant dream for us to have Tawang connected with railways, but now the dreams are going to be achieved in reality,” said Choiki Dondup, EAC (LM&Jud) Tawang.
Dondup also expressed his gratitude to the landowners of Shartso Committee for leasing out the land, initially for a period of three years for the purpose of Camp office cum rest house which can be extended or acquired if needed In future.
Photo: Dipro Tawang