The Railways Ministry is planning A 240-KM broad-gauge railway line connecting two major islands, with bridges and stations along the coast, rail link connecting Port Blair with Diglipur on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The line, set to cost over 2,413 crore and be the first on the archipelago, has tourism potential and for defence forces. The Railways and Union Territory administration will share its operational profits or loss.
Railway Ministry is set to approve the project, which will connect the Andaman capital city in the south with the largest town on the north Andaman island currently linked by a 350-km bus service that takes over 14 hours and a ship that takes around 24 hours. There is no air connectivity.