AGARTALA: The Tripura government would start the land acquisition process for the extension of Indo-Bangla railway project once they receive 60 percent of the required amount from the Centre, an official said.
The cost of the project, estimated earlier at Rs. 302 crore, has been reduced to Rs. 97 crore due to the new decision of constructing a fly-over of 3.7 kilometers adopted in the recent NITI Ayog meeting held in New Delhi.
The 3.7 kilometer would be from Agartala railway station to Charipara with 1.3 kilometer railway yard connecting Gangasagar Railway Station in Bangladesh.
Apart from improving connectivity and boost trade, the 15.054 kilometer long Agartala-Akhaura railway project would help to strengthen the bond between India and Bangladesh.
The construction work of railway line to connect India and Bangladesh is expected to be completed by 2017. Recently, a team consisting of IRCON technical experts, Indian High Commission in Dhaka led by Chief Engineer of Northeast Frontier Railways (Construction) visited the Agartala railway station and Nischintapur, the bordering village from where the proposed rail line will enter Bangladesh.