"My focus is to complete the ongoing projects and not to announce any new one. We have 34 different projects going on in the northeast with an estimated total cost of around Rs 54,000 crore," Railways Minister Sadananda Gowda said on Tuesday.
"The remaining work of the projects will be completed in the next 5-6 years and funds will be allotted in coming years," he added.
According to Northeast Frontier Railway about Rs 20,000 crore have already been spent for these projects as on March 31, 2014.
He said the Indian Railways has been under fund crunch and could spend for either completing existing projects or implementing new ones.
The total ongoing projects of laying new tracks and gauge conversion is 4,517 km as on April 1 this year, of which only 1,889 km have been commissioned.
Gowda said the Railway Budget for 2014-15 has allotted Rs 5,400 crore for carrying out the ongoing projects and it was 54 percent higher than the previous year.
"Our target is to complete construction of 450 km this year compared to 310 km in last year," he said.
"In the next five years, all the state capitals in the northeast will have rail connections," he said adding acquisition is on to restart rail link between Agartala and Akhaura in Bangladesh.
Gowda said the official inauguration of Naharlagun-Harmuti and Dudhnoi-Mendipathar railway lines would be done soon and he would request Prime Minister Narendra Modi to do so.

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