Two New Indo-Bangla rail link to be inaugurated by PM Modi and Hasina

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Agartala, September 9: Two more trains to connect Tripura to Bangladesh — Agartala to Akhaura and Shahbazpur Section Rehabilitation projectto Kulaura — will be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with his Bangladeshi counterpart  Sheikh Hasina on Monday through video conferencing.

The two projects are being implemented through a joint financing arrangement of the two governments, a railway ministry release said.

Kulaura-Shahbajpur Section Rehabilitation project is part of Trans-Asian Railway (TAR) network — a project to connect the pan Asia through railwway connections — will reestablish easy and comfortable rail communication between India and Bangladesh, the release said.

Apart from repairing the existing metre gauge embankment, the project incorporates building of a 53-kilometre-long dual gauge rail line, bridge and culverts, infrastructures of satiations and non-interlocked colour light signaling system.

The project will cost in Bangladesh currency Tk 678.50 crore, out of which India will provide a line of credit (LoC) worth over Tk 555.98 crore.

Indian construction firm Kalindi Rail Construction will complete the construction work within 24 months from the signing of the deal.

The second project, Akhaura-Agartala Dual Gauge Rail Connection (Bangladesh part) entails a 10-kilometre-long dual gauge rail line including embankment. The project is being implemented through grant-based support from the Indian government.