Railways to link Kohima

December 20th, 2008 - 4:15 pm ICT by ANI  

By Vibou Ganguly
Kohima, Dec 20 (ANI) People in Nagaland are delighted at the Railways Ministry giving green signal for a new railway link in the state.
The railway line will be extended from Dimapur, the commercial hub of Nagaland to Kohima..
Terming it as a boon for the people and the business community, many rejoiced over the proposed railway link.
“I am happy that the Government is providing railway transportation for the villagers. The villagers will get the benefits of transportation and also will get the privilege to boost our economy,” said Victo Swu, chairman of Shukhovi village.
Kohima is linked to Dimapur only through road, which consumes much time and is expensive because of the hilly terrain. Frequent rains cause road blocks in many areas of the state because of the loose soil constitution.
“Traveling from one place to place is quite taxing. We used to carry loads on the head and vegetables get spoilt half way. We thank the government because business line would develop and there would be more interaction amongst the villagers and a sense of brotherhood would prevail,” said Jeol, a member of Village Council.
Besides serving as connectivity to the people, it is believed to bring a difference in the lives of the people.
“If Central government brings such developmental projects, many educated unemployed youth would benefit and this would help the youth to abstain from joining the underground. With more of development and setting up of industries, I believe the problem of insurgency would diminish and centre should try hard to control anti social activities, which in turn would usher in development”.
The distance of approximately 125 kilometers is to be constructed by the Northeast Frontier Railway.
A survey has already been completed and is likely to cross Dimapur, Nagarjan, Thahekhu, Diphupar, Sovima, Chumukedima, Tenyiphe, Balijan, Sukhovi, Paglapahar, Khamkhya, Khaibong, Maova, Tsuma, Sochonuma,Sirhima Basa Sirhima, Medziphema, Piphema, Chepema, Khabvuma, Peducha, Zubza, Kikruma and Thizama of both Dimapur and Kohima districts.
The last stop of the railway line, starting from Dimapur railway station, will be Zubza, about 10 km from Kohima. (ANI)

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