India-Bangladesh rail project of 2010, to be completed by 2022

Agartala: India-Bangladesh's ambitious 12.24 km new railway line, a project worth about Rs 1,000 crore, could not be completed even after more than 11 years. Sriram Tarnikanti, principal secretary in-charge of the transport department of the Tripura government, said that the work on the first phase on the Indian (Tripura) side of the project will be completed this year and the second phase will be completed by June next year. The progress of work from Bangladesh side is very slow. Only 50 per cent of the work has been completed from Bangladesh side.

After the completion of the Agartala (India)-Akhaura (Bangladesh) railway project, the transportation of goods and heavy machinery between the North-Eastern region and the rest of the country and abroad using the Bangladesh Railway network and ports has significantly reduced the cost and time. will save. Union Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Minister BL Verma on Thursday visited the Agartala-Akhaura railway project and asked IRCON, Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) and engineers and officials to accelerate the pace. Can be completed by June 2022 without any delay.

The Agartala-Akhaura railway line will facilitate the movement of goods from both the countries and will greatly benefit the land-locked north-eastern states of India. At present, India and Bangladesh have four rail links with West Bengal. The existing railway line from Guwahati in the hilly areas passes through Nagaon district (in central Assam) and Lumding in southern Assam and connects Agartala and parts of Manipur and Mizoram to the rest of the country.

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