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Toy train to chug around hilly Mizoram
December 06, 2006 12:28 IST
In an attempt to give a facelift to the state's tourism industry, Mizoram government will introduce northeast's first ever toy train in Aizawl.
The proposed toy train, with two coaches, will chug around the hilly terrain to lure more tourists coming to the state.
Transport commissioner R K Thanga told UNI on Wednesday that the northeast's first toy train with two coaches, pulled by a diesel engine, donated by the former prime minister Deve Gowda, will be operational by December in Seswang area at CTI complex at the cost of Rs 30 lakh.
"It will complete at least five joyrides each day, taking tourists on a 2 km journey through a picture-perfect landscape, including breathtaking views of deep gorges and undulating valleys," he said.
The survey of setting up 2 km rails as been already completed, Sanga said, adding that the toy train, at present stationed in Guwahati, will be transported by trucks by December end.
Apart from this, the transport commissioner also disclosed that a proposal to extend existing railway route from Bairabhi to Sairang (near to the state capital) and setting up of an 80 km gauge conversion from Katakual to Bairabhi is also on the pipeline.