India-Bangladesh railway line to be completed next September

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Agartala: The highly anticipated 15.6 km Agartala-Akhaura railway line linking northeast India with Bangladesh is expected to be completed by the end of September 2022, officials said.

Northeast Frontier Railway Division Manager JS Lakra, who is in Tripura for two days, visited the Nischintapur yard here on Friday to review work in progress for the project which was resumed in 2013 after the two countries signed a memorandum.

“I visited the Nischintapur area and was pleased to see the type of work being undertaken for the project. It is expected to be completed by September next year,” he told reporters here. Saturday.

He also said that the goods will be shipped from country to country through the network, and later people can also take advantage of the service to travel.

The Agartala-Akhaura railway line, once inaugurated, is expected to give trade and commerce between India and Bangladesh the desired boost.

IRCON International Ltd – formerly Indian Railway Construction Limited – was contracted to construct the line on both sides of the border.

After the works are completed, northeast India will not only be connected to Bangladesh via the rail network, but the region will also have easier access to the seaport of Chittagong in the neighboring country, another said. responsible.

The rail link will link Gangasagar under Akhaura sub-division of Brahmanbaria district in Bangladesh with Nischintapur in India here, and thence to Agartala railway station.

Nischintapur has a transshipment yard, the first in the northeast region, and passengers from Bangladesh would be disembarked there. Incoming goods will also be unloaded at Nischintapur.

Work on the Indian side is almost complete. On the Bangladesh side, construction has resumed after a long hiatus due to the COVID-19 lockdown, an official from IRCON International Ltd told PTI.

The Department of Development of the North East Region (DoNER) bears the cost of laying the 5.46 km long track on the Indian side, and the expenses of laying the 10.6 km long section in Bangladesh are the responsibility of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the official said.

“Cost and time would be saved by transporting goods and heavy machinery between the northeast and overseas using Bangladesh’s rail network and ports, as stakeholders will no longer need to travel via Kolkata,” he added.

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