Sikkim Set To Feature On The Railway Map Of India


Strategically located Sikkim is all set to be connected with the railway map of the country. The Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) has agreed to furnish the No Objection Certificate for the land to be used for laying the tracks. The railway link with Sikkim is of extreme importance, in view of the strategic location of the Himalayan state sharing borders with China, as the issue of national security comes into play. Incidentally, Nathula, the border with China, is a mere 56km away from Gangtok. Work has started on extending the line to Yadong (Yatung), which is near the India, Bhutan and Nepal border. Yadong, a border town on the Tibetan Autonomous Region side, is a three-and-ahalf- hour drive from Gangtok and eight-hour drive from Lhasa. The tri-junction point Doklam (India-Bhutan-China) near Nathula. Gangtok, along with Sikkim, is yet to be connected with the railway map. There is a plan of construction of Railway line between Sevoke station in North Bengal, and Rangpo in Sikkim. Almost 90% of this railway line will be in tunnels.