Agartala| Land acquisition for the 15-km Agartala-Akhaura railway project on the Indian side of the Bangladesh border has begun.
The process of laying the railway track to connect Agartala with Akhaura in Bangladesh is expected to be completed in two and half years, sources said.
Of the total track, a stretch of five km will be on the Indian side and the rest in Bangladesh.
The total project cost, Rs 972.52 crore, would be borne by the government of India. The Indian side is being funded by the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region while the MEA is financing it for the Bangladesh side.
The Central government has released Rs 100 crore for the project following which the district magistrate (DM) of West Tripura has initiated the land acquisition process.
For the 5 km stretch on the Indian side, 67 acres of land will be required.
The land owners have already been served notices and pillaring of the land identified for acquisition has been done.
The Akhaura-bound railway carriage from Agartala will touch the first Bangladeshi station at Gangasagar and then run for ten more kms to reach Akhaura.
The neighbouring country had agreed to lay the tracks between Akhaura and Agartala during Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to New Delhi in January 2010.
New Delhi is keen to establish the rail link which will connect West Bengal and Tripura through Bangladesh.
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