Indo-Bangladesh Rail Project Progresses At Snail’s Pace


Indo-Bangladesh Rail Project Progresses At Snail’s Pace

Works on a 12.23 km India-Bangladesh new railway line are moving  at a snail’s place in both the countries, around a decade after Rs 972 crore project was  finalised. The new target of end of the much expected project has been re-fixed in September next  year.

The Agartala (India)-Akhaura (Bangladesh) railway line would facilitate ferrying of goods  to and from both the countries and greatly benefit India’s land-locked northeastern  states. Also, the journey time between Agartala and Kolkata, via Bangladesh, would be  reduced by a third, from 1,613-km through mountainous terrain to a mere 514 km. The government-owned IRCON International Limited (IRCON), under the Ministry of Railways,  has been executing the project, for which the DoNER (Development of North Eastern Region)  Ministry and India’s Ministry External Affairs (MEA) would bear the entire cost (Rs 972  crore) of the project on either side. Read More

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