The process of laying 15.054 km of railway tracks to connect Agartala with Akhaura in Bangladesh will be completed by 2017, says a report in The Shillong Times. A team comprising technical experts from the railway, representatives of the state government and the Indian High Commission in Dhaka visited the sites, said chief engineer of Northeast Frontier Railway Harpal Singh. Of this, five kilometres would be on the Indian side and the rest in Bangladesh.
According to Singh, the team had decided on a flyover of 3.7 km on the Indian side to save cultivable lands and the present Detailed Project Report would be changed. The entire project cost will be borne by the Indian government.
He also said after a NITI Ayog meeting in Delhi on 18 June that a team visited the site to follow-up the decisions of the meeting. New Delhi is keen to establish the rail link as it would connect West Bengal and Tripura through Bangladesh. During Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina&’s visit to New Delhi in January 2010, the two countries had agreed to lay the tracks between Akhaura and Agartala.