India-Bangladesh railway project to start from 31st July

Published on : Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Akhaura JnThe foundation stone for a new India-Bangladesh railway project will be laid by Union Railway Minister, Suresh Prabhu. A new passenger train between Agartala and New Delhi will flag-off on 31st July.


Tripura Transport Minister Manik Dey, giving the information, said the India-Bangladesh train would run from Agartala (India) to Akhaura (Bangladesh). The Agartala-New Delhi passenger train service will run on the newly-laid broad gauge line, he said. Dey also added that, Prime Minister Narendra Modi might flag off New Delhi-Agartala passenger train service on the same day from the national capital.


The project is expected to cost INR9.68 billion (US$144 million) and will run for just 15km either side of the border – 5km on the Indian side and 10km on the Bangladeshi side.


It will help increase accessibility between the remote state of Tripura and the rest of India; travelling via Bangladesh will reduce the 1,650km distance between Agartala and Kolkata to only 550km.


The Rs 968 crore Agartala-Akhaura railway project was finalised in January 2010 when Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina met then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during her visit to New Delhi.


The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has done the preliminary work for the project.


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