India-Bangladesh rail link to be ready by 2021: Minister

Union Minister Jitendra Singh has said the landmark railway line, connecting the northeastern region with Bangladesh, will be ready by the end of 2021.

According to Singh, when the construction of the railway line, between Agartala in Tripura and Akhaura in Bangladesh, will be completed, it will pave the way for running the first train from the northeast to Bangladesh on the eve of the 75th year of India’s independence in 2022.

He said that the railway line between Agartala and Akhaura will be completed before the end of next year, that is 2021.

Speaking about some of the upcoming projects in the northeast, the Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), said his ministry will bear the cost of laying 5.46 kms track on the Indian side while the cost of laying 10.6 kms track on the Bangladesh side is being borne by the Ministry of External Affairs.

The railway link will connect Gangasagar in Bangladesh to Nischintapur in India and from Nischintapur to Agartala railway station.

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