Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu laid the foundation stone of the Dhansiri (Dimapur)-Zubza broad gauge line at the Dimapur railway station on Monday.
“More than geography, it is important to bring together different aspirations of the people and fulfil the long-cherished dream of the citizens by connecting the capital of Nagaland with Delhi,” Mr. Prabhu said in his address.
“A comprehensive plan on how to meet the aspirations of the people of the North East is in the process of finalisation and very soon it will be presented to all the Chief Ministers concerned,” he said.
He assured the gathering that the present project would be completed in 2019.
Speaking on the occasion, Nagaland Governor P.B. Acharya regretted that despite the abundance of rich natural beauty and resources, the State did not have proper connectivity. “Though a Governor, I find it difficult to reach even Delhi when others reach U.S.A. in 12-13 hours,” he said.
Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang termed the day a red letter day in the history of Nagaland as the railway project would connect the commercial hub of Dimapur with the State capital.