First railway station to be at Toribari

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Oct 18: The first railway station in Bhutan under the much-awaited Nehru Golden Jubilee project will come up at Toribari near the Pasakha industrial estate.

Though the railway line was initially supposed to enter Phuentsholing. The new location has been finalised at Toribari as it is “feasible to have dry ports since it has vacant and flat land”.

The location was confirmed after the visit of Economic Affairs Minister Khandu Wangchuk in Phuentsholing this week.

The project survey was resumed in early August.

Tentatively, the railway line will start from Hashimara in West Bengal and go through Satali, Bharna Bari and Dalsingpara to Toribari.

Initially, the railway was planned from Hasimara to Phuentsholing main town, but the government requested New Delhi to realign the railway line, considering the congestion and acute space problem in Phuentsholing.

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