New India-Bangladesh rly line to start 2019

Published: August 31, 2017 13:26:35 | Updated: October 24, 2017 12:04:12


Land acquisition for India-Bangladesh new railway line has already been completed on the Indian side. On the Bangladesh side, 50 per cent was completed.

The new India-Bangladesh railway project along Tripura is expected to would be commissioned by next year-end. The line will be operational by January 2019, officials said.

Recently senior officials of India and Bangladesh held a two-day meeting in Dhaka. They also visited the proposed locations of the railway project Wednesday, according to a report by http://zeenews.india.com.

In the Dhaka meeting, the Indian delegation was led by External Affairs Ministry`s Joint Secretary M. Subbarayudu while the Bangladesh side was headed by the country`s Railway Ministry`s Secretary-in-Charge Mohammad Mofazzel Hossain.

"The Dhaka meeting has decided to commission the Agartala (India)-Akhaura (Bangladesh) railway project by next year-end and it would be operational by January 2019," Tripura Transport Secretary Samarjit Bhowmik said here.

Bhowmik was part of the 14-member Indian delegation.

"Work order has been given to the concerned agency to start the physical work of the project."

West Tripura District Magistrate and Collector Milind Ramteke, who is personally supervising the land acquisition and related work, said that of the total 72 acres of land, 49 acres has already been handed over to the railway authorities to start the work and the remaining land would be handed over soon.

The government-owned Indian Railway Construction Company (IRCON) would lay the five-km track on the Indian side while the remaining 10-km would be laid by the Bangladesh Railways on their side.

The Indian government would bear the entire cost of the project.

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