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Ministry gave green signal to 240-kilometre broad-gauge railway line which will connect Diglipur in North Andaman Island with Port Blair, capital of Andamans located in South Andaman Island. Railway project will boost scope of tourism in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Andaman & Nicobar Islands to get first railway route soon

Andaman & Nicobar Islands to Get First Railway Route Soon

Andaman & Nicobar Islands to get first railway route soon

Highlights

  • 240-km track from Port Blair to Diglipur will benefit tourists.
  • cost of rail line will be Rs. 2, 413.68 crore
  • Currently it is linked by a 350-km bus service that takes over 14 hours and a ship that takes around 24 hours.
  • Broad-gauge train line from Port Blair to Diglipur will take 3 hours at the most.
  • Giving a fillip to the rail link, the Union Territory administration has agreed to share 50 per cent of project’s operational cost.
  • The project may be taken up as part of the strategic lines it will build for Defence ministry.
  • Tourism will see a jump from the current 4.5 lakh visitors a year to around 6 lakh a year.
  • The major tourist attractions in Diglipur are Ross and Smith islands.
  • The project, was initially dropped, has received a fresh push after railways updated survey which it had completed in December 2014.

About Andaman and Nicobar Islands

  • They are a group of islands at juncture of Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea.
  • These roughly 300 islands are known for their palm-lined, white-sand beaches, mangroves and tropical rainforests.
  • It is one of seven union territories of India.
  • Capital and largest city: Port Blair
  • Districts: 3
Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Location of Andaman&Nicobar Islands to get first railway route

Location of Andaman&Nicobar Islands to Get First Railway Route

Location of Andaman&Nicobar Islands to get first railway route

- Published/Last Modified on: March 17, 2017

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