Work on new India-Bangladesh railway link from 2015



Agartala, Jun 17: The Indian and Bangladeshi governments will start work early next year on a new rail link to ease surface transport, officials said on Tuesday.

India will build a 15-km railway tracks linking Tripura’s capital Agartala with Bangladesh’s southeastern city of Akhaurah, an important railway junction connected to Chittagong port, resource-rich Sylhet and Dhaka.

An Indian delegation and a Bangladeshi team attended the third meeting of the Agartala-Akhaurah railway link project steering committee on Tuesday. They will on Wednesday go for a field inspection on the Indian side.

“The work for new Agartala-Akhaurah railway link will start early next year. The DPR (detailed project report) will be finalised within a month or so,” India’s external affairs ministry’s joint secretary Alok K.Sinha told reporters after the meeting.

Sinha, who led the Indian delegation, said: “… We will mutually sort out if any problem comes up… The fourth meeting of the project steering committee will be held in Dhaka in December.” The Bangladesh delegation was led by its railway ministry’s joint secretary Sunil Chandra Pal.

Pal said: “With the setting up of the new railway connectivity between India and Bangladesh, people of two countries will benefit as they will come closer. Men and materials will be ferried very smoothly.” More info