Indo-Bangla rail link meet in Delhi on Wed – News Paper Report

Agartala: The Union ministry of external affairs will convene the fourth inter-departmental steering committee meeting to review the progress of Agartala (Tripura) – Akhaura (Bangladesh) railway connectivity in New Delhi on Wednesday.

The funding of the project will be discussed at the meeting and a modified DPR (detailed project report) will be chalked out. The railway connectivity will boost the socio-cultural and business ties between the two countries.

The state transport secretary-cum-commissioner, Samarjit Bhowmik, will be present and apprise the committee members of the present status of the project.

Bhowmik said the third committee meeting was held in Dhaka in June this year, but in the past three months the project made little progress.

He added that the survey report has fixed the project expenditure at Rs 302 crore . IRCON, a central government PSU, was entrusted with the responsibility to handle the construction of the railway lines between Akhaura and Agartala covering a distance of 15 km.

About 4.5 km land area out of the proposed 5-km-stretch of rail-line in Tripura was demarcated.

During former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s Dhaka visit in January 2010, the two countries had agreed to set up a second railway link between the two countries through Agartala. Accordingly, an 11-member steering committee was constituted.

Source: Times of India