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Second rail track for Tripura

Agartala, Aug. 17: Apart from the 15km Agartala-Akhaura railway connectivity, work on which is under way, Tripura is going to have separate railway connectivity with Bangladesh through Belonia subdivision in South district.

This was disclosed by Union minister of state for railways Manoj Sinha in reply to a query by West Tripura MP Shankar Prasad Dutta on Friday.

The minister expressed the hope that railway connectivity between Belonia subdivision and Bangladesh would make progress on the basis of an agreement between the two countries.

Regarding the Agartala-Akhaura railway project, the minister said the 15km railway link between Agartala railway station and Akhaura railway junction in Brahmanbaria district of Bangladesh had been approved in the 2012-2013 central budget with an allocation of Rs 252 crore.

“In February 2013, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between India and Bangladesh and till now Rs 10 crore has been spent. In the current year’s budget an allocation of Rs 100 crore has been made,” Sinha said.

He added that land acquisition for the 15km project had commenced and work was progressing “satisfactorily on both sides of the border”.

On the ongoing 110km Agartala-Sabroom railway link, the minister said the project was progressing and the total cost has been estimated at Rs 1,741 crore.

“Railways have already spent Rs 596 crore and in the current financial year’s budget, an allocation of Rs 500 crore has been made. The fund is being utilised for earth-cutting, construction of bridges and track-connection,” said Sinha.

Agartala would be connected with Sabroom by 2016, he added.

The National Board of Wildlife (NBW) has sanctioned the alignment of railway line between Agartala and Sabroom across Trishna wildlife sanctuary in Belonia subidivision.

The director of transport department, N.K. Chakaborty, said, “On August 12, the NBW formally gave sanction to the utilisation of the land for setting up railway alignment. This has removed a major bottleneck as all the land disputes between Agartala and Udaipur have been settled already with payment of compensation to those dislocated because of railway track laying”.


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