Bangladesh to restore abandoned rail links with India


Bangladesh might restore the abandoned railway connectivity that existed before the partition of India to boost trade and people-to-people contact, Mohammad Mazibul Hoque, the country’s railway minister, said here Thursday.

“After the partition of India in 1947, many railway connectivities between the two neighbours had snapped. We are considering restoring most of those deserted railway linkages,” Hoque told reporters.

“With the help of Indian investment preliminary works have started to lay a 15-km railway track to link Tripura’s capital Agartala with Bangladesh’s (southeastern city) Akhaurah. The project would be operational at the earliest as the two countries are very serious to execute the plan, reported the Business Standard.”

A senior official (construction) of the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) said the total cost of the proposed project is estimated at Rs.252 crore. “The Indian Railway Construction Company (IRCON) would lay the new railway tracks on both sides of the border,” he said.

Of the 15 km rail line, five km of tracks fall in the Indian territory and remaining in Bangladesh.


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