Date of Post : 31 July, 2017
Agartala: Land acquisition for the Agartala-Akhaura rail project (15 km) to link Indian Railways with Bangladesh Railways, has started.
West Tripura District Magistrate & Collector Milind Ramteke, said,”We have served notices to 257 families to acquire 66 acres of land for the rail project and the land would be handed over to the railways by August end.”
The Central government has already released Rs 97.63 crore (approx US$ 15.25 Million) to acquire the land, he said.
- The process of laying the 15 km rail tracks to connect Agartala and Akhaura in Bangladesh will be completed in 2 and half years time after laying of tracks begin.
- Of the total 15 km long track, 5km would be on Indian side and the rest in Bangladesh.
- The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) is the nodal agency for implementation of the project in Indian side, Ramteke said.
- NFR officials said, Bangladesh government has also started acquiring about 70 acres of land for the project.
- On July 31 last year, Railway minister Suresh Prabhu and his Bangladesh counterpart, Majibul Haque had jointly laid the foundation stone.
- He said, a flyover of 3.7km long would be constructed on the Indian side to save cultivable lands & the entire project cost would be borne by the government.
- The Agartala-Akhaura railway route would improve connectivity & boost trade between the two countries.