Foundation stone laid for India-Bangladesh new rail link

New Age Online

The railways minister Mazibul Hoque, along with his Indian counterpart Suresh Prabhu, on Sunday laid foundation stone of a proposed project to construct link between Akhaura-Agartala.
Mazibul Hoque attended the foundation stone laying ceremony in Agartala, said railways secretary Md Feroz Salah Uddin.
He said under the Akhaura (Bangladesh) – Agartala (India) rail track project currently was at planning commission for final approval.
‘Hopefully the project will start within this year and complete within one year,’ he said.
The secretary also said a big portion of the project cost would be financed by Indian grant and the rest would be financed by Bangladesh government.
According to the Bangladesh Railway, the new rail link’s total route length is 15.064 kilometre out of which 10.014 kilometre is in Bangladesh and 5.050 kilometre in India.
The estimated project cost is about Tk 480 crore out of which project aid is about Tk 423 crore and GOB will provide about Tk 57 crore.
Earlier, Bangladesh and India signed a Memorandum of Understanding for construction of Akhaura-Agartala railway link under Indian grant in February 2013.

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