Construction of Railway Line that’ll connect Rangpo in Sikkim to Sevoke in West Bengal is underway in high speed. Sikkim is the only state that doesn’t have a Railway station. The only thing that connects Sikkim to Mainland is either NH10 or Pakyong Greenfield Airport.
Sikkim is a state where most of the revenue is generated through tourism sector and NH10 alone sometime couldn’t meet the demand of the people visiting Sikkim.
Railway line that’ll connect Sikkim to Sevoke is being constructed in order to fulfill the needs of the commuter as well to further boost the tourism industry of Sikkim.
Today, October 19, IRCON International Limited, Northeast Frontier Railway, PEMS Engineering Consultants, D2 Consult International and CITD Cem., organizes breakthrough of Tunnel No. 9 of Sevoke – Rangpo Railway Line today at Bhalu Khola, West Bengal.
Tunnel No. 9 which is 542 metre long, is among the one of the 14 tunnels that’ll connect a Northeastern State with rest of the India.
The Project Director of Sevoke – Rangpo Railway Project, Mohinder Singh along with other dignitaries, kicks off the breakthrough.
Singh talking to Sikkim Chronicle informed that, “The project is expected to be complete by December 2023 as 2 of the tunnel has been already breakthrough and lining for electricity is underway”.
He further informs that, “There will be 5 stations including Sevoke in the 45 km long stretch”.
When asked about an environmental factor, he states that, “Construction of Tunnel as compared to other construction such as open cutting, in the hilly areas, has a low environmental risk”.