BY TC News Desk
Agartala, March 26: Taking a stock of the Agartala-Akhaura railway link project’s construction work, Transport minister Sushanta Chowdhury on Sunday said that new corridors will also be established in terms of trans-Asian Railway network and sub-regional connectivity.
Taking this to social media handles, Chowdhury wrote “After taking charge as the Minister of Transport department, I visited the much desired Akhaura-Agartala Railway construction project this afternoon and talked to the project stakeholders and learned about various issues. The duration of this railway work project has been extended till June 2023. If the project is implemented, besides establishing a rail link to Kolkata and Agartala through Akhaura, Bangladesh’s rail connectivity with the North-Eastern Indian states will be opened.”
“Once the project is completed, new doors will be opened for the expansion of trade between the two neighboring countries. New corridors will also be established in terms of trans-Asian railway network and sub-regional connectivity. As a result, friendly relations between the two countries will be strengthened”, he added.
Chowdhury said “The India-Bangladesh Railway Link Project will reduce travel time and distance between Agartala and Kolkata via Dhaka. If the project is launched, instead of 31 hours, it will take 10 hours and the distance will be reduced from 1,600 km to 550 km.”
Citing some advantages of Nishchintapur railway station, he said “Construction on the Indian side of the Agartala-Akhaura railway from Tripura to Bangladesh has already been completed. The station has been built with all the latest facilities. Nishchintapur railway station has been constructed with all the facilities of a modern railway station, starting from passenger seating, entertainment system, food court, immigration counter and ATM. A rail yard for loading and unloading of goods is being constructed next to Nishchintapur station. Containers brought by train from Chittagong Port of Bangladesh will be unloaded here. After that, it will be possible to send these products to different parts of North East by road and by Indian trains.”
During today’s visit, Transport minister Chowdhury was accompanied by 14-Badharghat assembly constituency MLA Meenarani Sarkar, Transport department Secretary Utpal Kumar Chakma, Additional Secretary Subrata Chowdhury, engineers of Indian Railway Construction Limited involved in the construction of railways.