New Delhi: Giving special emphasis on rail projects in bordering areas, Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal in his rail budget has proposed new strategic schemes for those areas. Bansal announced over half a dozen strategic projects in the rail budget 2013-14.

Bansal said that government will complete the rail projects related to national security on priority basis. Several projects of national strategic importance including Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramula national project are being given special emphasis added the Railway Minister.

For the first time, Arunachal Pradesh will be on the railway map once the Harmoti-Naharlagun rail line is inaugurated. The government is working on new rail projects for Manipur added Bansal.

The Railway Minister also assured to expedite the rail projects being developed in the bordering areas of Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab. Bansal also requested Finance Minister to provide adequate funds for the successful completion of these projects.

The railways have already laid about 10, 000 KM of rail network in the bordering areas. Despite, rail projects in those areas are progressing at snail's pace. Defence Ministry had requested to speed up the projects of strategic importance as well as giving approval to the longtime projects.


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