GUWAHATI: The Ministry of Railways is making all-out efforts to improve connectivity in the north-eastern region of India by providing better railway infrastructure. Average annual budget allocation for Infrastructure projects and safety works, falling fully/partly in Assam and the north-eastern region during 2014-19 has been enhanced to Rs. 5,531 crore per year from Rs. 2,122 crore per year during 2009-14. Thus, the average annual budget allocation during 2014-19 has increased to 261% of average annual budget allocation during 2009-14, a press release said.
In comparison to 333 km length (66 km new line, 257 km gauge conversion and 10 km doubling) being commissioned in Assam and the north-eastern region, at an average annual rate of 67 km per year during 2009-14, 1223 km (231 km new line, 972 km gauge conversion and 20 km doubling) has been commissioned in Assam and north-eastern region, at an average annual rate of 245 km per year, during 2014-19, which indicates an increase of 267% in commissioning of lines during 2014-19, the release added.