The Indian railways construction company (IRCON) has signed a MoU (memorandum of understanding) with the North-east Frontier Railway to construct Sikkim rail link that will connect with the rest of country. The project will be completed in the next 5 years at a total cost of Rs 3,380 crore.
The 45-km long broad gauge railway link will connect Sevok in North Bengal to Rangpo in Sikkim. The rail link will pass through the foothills of Kanchenjunga mountain range and Teesta river valley. It will have more than 32 km length in tunnels, 28 bridges. The project once completed will not only spur economic activity in the hill state and improve connectivity, but also give a boost to tourism.