Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh has said that the ‘unique project’ of a 45-km-long Sevoke-Rangpo railway line is estimated to be built at a cost of Rs.4190 crore.
The railway connection will have the distinction of having 14 tunnels and 28 bridges.
"This railway line will offer an exclusively picturesque and scenic journey while passing through the foothills of the Kanchenjunga mountain range and the Teesta river valley," the minister said, as he wrapped up his three-day visit to the state on Tuesday.
Mr Singh also said that the Greenfield Airport at Pakyong in Sikkim is expected to be ready by 2017 at a revised cost of Rs.605.59 crore.
He also assured Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling that the Ministry of DoNER is committed to support major development projects in Sikkim and will also coordinate with other union ministries to expedite the projects under them.
Referring to the various projects being supported by the Ministry of DoNER, Mr Singh said that under the "Non Lapsable Central Pool of Resources" (NLCPR), 183 projects have been completed in the state at a cost of Rs.487.91 crore, while 41 projects worth Rs.721.89 crore are under way.
Similarly, under the North Eastern Council (NEC), 54 ongoing projects have been approved for Sikkim at a cost of Rs.321.33 crore for which, Rs.218.54 crore has already been released.