Railway Ministry has decided to come up with a plan to build a railway line within the Andaman Islands. This will be India’s first train on the Andaman Islands that will connect its Diglipur station to that of Port Blair. The railway track will be 240 KM broad-gauge line connecting the islands and would cost over 2413 Crore.
Currently, Andaman is linked by a 350 Km bus service that takes 14 hours to cover or a ship that takes around 24 hours given there is no air service between these two places. The Railways and Union Territory administration have mutually agreed to share its operational profit or loss.
The administration is vouching on the tourism boost with this rail track and believes to have immense strategic value to the defense forces because Diglipur is just 300 km by sea from the southern coast of Myanmar — a broad-gauge train line from Port Blair to Diglipur will take three hours at max.
Ross and Smith Islands are the two main tourist attractions in Diglipur and lakhs of tourists take great pains to reach there from Port Blair every year. With the projected railway line there would be relief to the tourists, local residents and the defense forces. Download Trainman App to train ticket booking, find train between station, to check pnr status, train running status, PNR status prediction, train enquiry and book online food during journey.