Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced 28000 cr package for the Northeast, for establishing 14 new railway lines in the region and for developing the tourism potential of the area. He is on a visit to the region, the first as Prime Minister.“So many tourists are coming here from other parts of the country and abroad. This is the best destination for tourists. But for that we require connectivity. Unless we have road connectivity, rail connectivity, air connectivity, it is very difficult to develop tourism. That is why for the development of this area and for the development of tourism, Rs 28,000 crore will be provided for a new railway-line project and 14 new railway lines”, he said.
Union Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda presented his maiden Railway Budget in Parliament on 8th July 2014. The focus is on infrastructure and he announced 58 new trains including 5 new Jansadharans, 5 premium trains, 6 AC express, 27 express trains, 8 passenger trains, 2 MEMU trains and 5 DEMUs.