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Indo-Bangla and Indo-Nepal Rail Projects
Aug 06, 2015

The process of laying 15.054 km long railway tracks to connect Agartala with Akhaura in Bangladesh will be completed by 2017. MoU for Indo-Bangla Railway connectivity project viz. Agartala-Akhaura new Broad Gauge line (15.06 km) was signed two and a half years back.

  • About 5 km length of the project falls in India and 10 Km falls in Bangladesh. 

  • Final Location Survey for both Indian as well as Bangladesh portions has been completed. 

  • Project is at standstill because of sharp increase in cost of land for the sections in India. 

  • The entire project cost would be borne by the Indian Government.

  • India is keen to establish the rail link as it would connect West Bengal and Tripura through Bangladesh.

  • The Agartala-Akhaura railway route would connect Indian railways with the Bangladesh Railways through the North-East which would improve connectivity and boost trade between the two countries.

  • The 1,700 km distance between Agartala and Kolkata through chicken neck near Siliguri would be reduced to 350 km if passengers from here could move through Bangladesh

Rail Projects in Nepal

Two projects for Indo-Nepal connectivity have been taken up:

Jogbani-Biratnagar (Nepal) (18.60 km) new line project: 

  • 5.45 km length falls in India and 13.60 km falls in Nepal. 

  • Land for the entire project, except for a length of about 1.8 km falling in Nepal, has been acquired and earthwork, bridge works etc. taken up.

Jaynagar-Bijalpura gauge conversion and its extension up to Bardibas (69 km): 

  • 3 km length falls in India and 66 km falls in Nepal. 

  • Final location Survey has been completed. 

  • Land plans for Indian portion have been submitted to the State Government. 

  • In Nepal portion, land has been handed over in 47 km. in patches. 

  • Earthwork & bridgework have been taken up in the stretches where land is available.

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