1,000 crore for India-Bangladesh rail link
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.