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North Eastern states will get supplies from Chittagong Port when Agartala-Akhaura rail project completed

 The landlocked North Eastern states of the country will soon get their supplies through Chittagong Port in Bangladesh once the Rs 1000 crores rail connectivity project between Agartala and Akhaura being taken up by both India and Bangladesh is completed by next year.

A bridge is also being constructed over Bangladesh River Feni which would connect South Tripura districtof Sabroom with with Feni district in Bangladesh. Once the bridge becomes operational, Tripura will be only 66 kilometers away from Chittagong Port.

Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, along with Bangladesh Premier, Sheikh Hasina, Tripura Chief Minister, Mr Biplab Kumar Deb, and West Bengal Chief Minister, Ms Mamata Banerjee, jointly inaugurated the commencement of works of the Agartala-Akhaura rail project this week by way of video conferencing.

The Agartala-Akhaura rail project was conceptualized in 2010 and the MoU signed three years later. The link is expected to be operational in 2019.

The 15.054-km long rail project in West Tripura district, being constructed at an estimated expenditure of Rs 968 crore, will connect Akhaura in Bangladesh with Tripura’s capital city Agartala through Nischintapur on the Indo-Bangladesh border.

The Tripura government hopes that these two projects would turn the state into a gateway to the North-East.

 

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