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Bangladesh-India Railway Project

19 Jan 2016

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The Indian government is according very high priority to the Akhaura-Agartala railway project that would connect the rail network of Bangladesh and India. Funding for this project would not be any problem since the Indian Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) is directly supervising this rail project.

The Indian Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha, accompanied by North Eastern Railway General Manager H.K.Jaggi and other officials of the ministry and Indian Railway Construction Company (IRCON) arrived Agartala on January 12 to supervise and make an on-the-spot review of the ongoing rail project.

 

The Indian government had announced it will bear the entire cost of the 15 km railway project. Of the 15 km, 5 km fall in the Indian territory and the remaining 10 km in Bangladesh.
The Akhaura-Agartala project was finalized in January 2010 when Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina undertook an official visit to New Delhi. The Rs 575 crore rail project again came up for detailed discussion when the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Dhaka in June last year.

 

The Indian government had announced it will bear the entire cost of the 15 km railway project. Of the 15 km, 5 km fall in the Indian territory and the remaining 10 km in Bangladesh.

 

Work for this railway project is scheduled to start from the next financial year, beginning April. Land acquisition for laying the track between Akhaura and Agartala railway station has already been completed. On the Indian side, some portion of the track is likely to be elevated.

 

The project was originally estimated at Rs 271 crore. In addition, Rs 302 crore was needed to acquire 97.6 acres of land in Tripura. After latest alignment of the project, now only 72 acres of land would be required. Hence the requirement for funds would be reduced from Rs 302 crore to Rs 72 crore for this purpose.

The 1650 km distance between Agartala and Kolkata will be reduced to only 550 km after the new rail track is linked through Bangladesh. The NITI Ayog of India had decided in a meeting in New Delhi on June 18 last year to put in place the vital railway project by December 2017.

 

The Akhaura-Agartal rail project will provide a major boost to development and economy of the north-eastern India and eastern Bangladesh. Moreover, this project will promote the Indian Prime Minister Modi’s ‘Act East’ policy.

 

The 1650 km distance between Agartala and Kolkata will be reduced to only 550 km after the new rail track is linked through Bangladesh. The NITI Ayog of India had decided in a meeting in New Delhi on June 18 last year to put in place the vital railway project by December 2017.




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