Akhaura Agartala railway will start soon says Sushanta Chowdhury

The much-expected Akhaura Agartala railway line between India and Bangladesh along Tripura will be started soon. Minister for Transport and Tourism Sushanta Chowdhury today visited the railway construction project at Akhaura border near Nishchintapur and said if the project is implemented, Bangladesh will start rail communication with states of northeast India along with establishing rail connections to Kolkata and Agartala through Akhaura. Once the project is completed, new doors will also open to expansion of business between the two neighbouring countries. A new corridor will also be established for Trans Asian Railway Network and Sub-regional connectivity. As a result, the friendly relations between the two countries will strengthen, he added.

The India Bangladesh Railway Connection Project will reduce travel time and distance between Agartala and Kolkata through Dhaka. After the completion of the project instead of 31 hours it will take only 10 hours and the distance will be 550 km from 1 thousand 600 kilometres, Sushanta said.

The construction of Nishchintapur Railway Station has already been completed.  The station has been built with all the latest facilities including passengers' seating, entertainment arrangements, food court, immigration counter and ATMs. A Rail yard is being built for loading and unloading of goods beside Nischintapur station, Minister Sushanta Chowdhury further added.

Minister for Transport and Tourism Sushanta Chowdhury was accompanied by MLA Mina Rani Sarkar, Secretary of Transport Department Utpal Kumar Chakma, Additional Secretary Subrata Chowdhury, engineers of Indian Railway Construction Limited associated with railway construction.

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