the India-Bangladesh railway line is expected to be completed by next year; details here

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India-Bangladesh Railway Line: The highly anticipated 15.6 kilometer long Agartala-Akhaura railway line linking the north eastern region of India with Bangladesh is expected to be completed by the end of September 2022. To take stock of the ongoing work for the project, which was resumed in 2013 after the two countries signed a memorandum, Northeast Frontier Railways Divisional Manager JS Lakra visited the Nischintapur yard on Friday. The division manager said the goods will be shipped from country to country through the network, and later the service can also be used by people to travel. The railway project will connect Gangasagar under Akhaura sub-division of neighboring country’s Brahmanbaria district with Nischintapur in India, and from there to Agartala railway station, according to a report by PTI.

Nischintapur in India has a transhipment yard. It is the first in the northeastern part of the country, and passengers from neighboring Bangladesh would be disembarked there. Additionally, incoming goods will be unloaded at Nischintapur. Work on the railway project on the Indian side is almost complete. On the Bangladesh side, construction of the railway project has resumed after a long hiatus due to the Covid-induced lockdown, an official from IRCON International Limited was quoted in the report as saying.

According to the IRCON official, the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) bears the cost of laying tracks for a distance of 5.46 kilometers on the Indian side, while the expenses of laying of the 10.6-kilometre-long railway section in the neighboring country are being taken care of by the Foreign Ministry, the official added. After the rail link is completed, the costs and time would be saved in the transportation of goods. Also, heavy machinery between the northeast region and overseas using Bangladesh’s rail network as well as ports as stakeholders would no longer need to travel via Kolkata, the official added.

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