Jagran Josh Logo

Railway Ministry to approve an ambitious railway project in Andaman and Nicobar

Feb 8, 2017 16:16 IST

The Indian Railway ministry is all set to approve a 240 km-long railway link, first-ever railway route of Andaman and Nicobar Islands that will connect two of its major islands.

The ambitious project aims to link Andaman’s capital city Port Blair, which is in the south, with Diglipur located in the north of the islands. It will involve building several bridges and stations along the sea coast.

Top 300 CA eBook

Key Details

• According to Ministry’s internal survey report, the entire project is expected to cost around Rs 2413.68 Cr.

• It is also estimated to receive a negative rate of return on investment of -9.64 per cent.

• While the railways only consider a line commercially viable when the rate of return on investment is at least 12 per cent positive, this project is estimated to receive a negative rate of return on investment of -9.64 per cent.

• The ministry is still planning to approve it, given its strategic importance, uniqueness and tourism potential.

• The Ministry’s planning and Finance directorates cleared the project in the first week of February 2017.

• The Union territory’s administration will be sharing 50 per cent of the project’s operational cost or loss if any.

CA eBook

Benefits of the Railway link

• The rail link will make commuting much smoother and easier between the two islands.

• Currently, the islands are linked by a 14 hr long bus journey and 24 hour long ship journey. There is no air connectivity.

• The broad-gauge rail route, on the other hand, is expected to complete the journey in around 3 hours, cutting the usual time taken by a huge margin.  

• Currently, the island has over 4.5 lakh visitors each year. The number is expected to go up to 6 lakh a year after the completion of the project.

• The link is also expected to benefit the island’s defence forces, as it will facilitate a faster deployment of soldiers and resources during emergencies.

 

 

Is this article important for exams ? Yes4 People Agreed

Latest Videos

Register to get FREE updates

    All Fields Mandatory
  • (Ex:9123456789)
  • Please Select Your Interest
  • Please specify

  • ajax-loader
  • A verifcation code has been sent to
    your mobile number

    Please enter the verification code below

Newsletter Signup
Follow us on
This website uses cookie or similar technologies, to enhance your browsing experience and provide personalised recommendations. By continuing to use our website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. OK