1,000 crore for In­dia-Bangladesh rail link

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The gov­ern­ment’s plan for con­nect­ing In­dia Rail­ways with Bangladesh through the North East via 15.06 km long tracks has re­ceived a boost with the Cen­tre sanc­tion­ing 1,000 crore for the pro­ject.

This track will con­nect Agar­tala with Akhaura rail­way junction in Bangladesh. Sa­mar­jit Bhowmik, State Trans­port Sec­re­tary said, “We were in­formed that 580 crore has been sanc­tioned for ac­quir­ing land and lay­ing of five km long tracks on the In­dian side.”

On the Bangladesh side, 400 crore has been sanc­tioned for ac­quir­ing land and lay­ing tracks by the gov­ern­ment. Also, an el­e­vated cor­ri­dor would be con­structed for cov­er­ing 3.7 km length of the route.

The com­ple­tion of the pro­ject will re­duce the dis­tance from Agar­tala to Kolkata from 1,650 km to 515 km along with ease of trans­porta­tion as hilly ter­rain would be avoided for trade and com­merce be­tween Bangladesh and In­dia’s North East.

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