Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Mos for Railways, Rajen Gohain today jointly laid the foundation stone of the project for Doubling of Railway Line from Hojai to Lumding at a public function held in Hojai today.
Addressing the gathering Gohain announced that doubling of railway tracks from Bongaigaon to Guwahati via Goalpara and Digaru to Hojai would start in the month of October and it would be his endeavor to invite the Hon’ble Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu for the foundation stone laying ceremony of those projects. He said that these projects are expected to be completed within three years.
Gohain said that that the electrification of railway tracks from New Jalpaiguri to Guwahati at cost of about Rs 650 crores, which was sanctioned in 2008, would also start very soon. He also said that surveys are being undertaken for extending double line to upper Assam. Amid cheers from the audience, he said that Hojai Railway station would be rebuilt as a modern station.
The Minister for Railways acknowledged the help and cooperation received from the Chief Minister of Assam Shri Sarbananda Sonowal and lauded the proactive role played by him for realization of railway projects in the state. He said, Railways needs land for developmental activities and therefore encroachment on railway land will be viewed very seriously.
Addressing the gathering the Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal lauded the efforts and dedication of the Minister of State for Railways for developing railway infrastructure in the region and thanked him for the unprecedented initiatives taken by the later in the first two months in office.
He said, Assam had been lacking in development and many of the demands of the state remained unfulfilled. He thanked the Prime Minister and the Railway Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu for paying special attention to the region and hoped that Railway will act as the growth engine for the region.
He called upon the people of the state to extend all cooperation to the Railways for realization of Railway projects.