Northeast India to get new rail lines to drive tourism

Nagaland, Northeast India.

Nagaland, Northeast India. Image by rajkumar1220 / CC BY 2.0

Speaking at the Hornbill festival in Kohima, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has announced a Rs 28,000 crore (US$4 billion) investment package to lay new railway lines in Northeast India in a bid to promote tourism and encourage new investment in India’s least developed region. Currently, the Northeast depends on a handful of railway lines constructed in the colonial era, and attacks on trains by bandits and rebels are not uncommon, but the centre has promised to link all the state capitals in the northeast by rail within five years. Read more: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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