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Indian Railways approves first Rail Project in Andaman and Nicobar (Relevant for GS Prelims and Mains Paper III)

Rail Project in Andaman and Nicobar
The Union Railway Ministry has approved 240-KM broad-gauge railway line project in Andaman and Nicobar. The first railway line on Andaman and Nicobar Islands will connect Port Blair (capital) in the south with Diglipur, largest town on the north Andaman Island.

Currently both destinations are linked by a 350-km bus service that takes over 14 hours and a ship that takes around 24 hours and there is no air connectivity.

Information about Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a group of islands at the juncture of the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea. It is one of the seven UTs of India. It comprises two island groups, the Andaman Islands and the Nicobar Islands, separated by the 10°N parallel. The islands host the Andaman and Nicobar Command, the only tri-service geographical command of the Indian Armed Forces. The islands are home to the only known Paleolithic people, the Sentinelese people, who have no contact with any other people.

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