Saturday, 21 December 2013

Rail Links with Bangladesh

The present status of Agartala-Akhaura and Agartala-Sabroom new line projects are as given below:
Agartala (India)-Akahaura (Bangladesh) (15.061 km), New Line: Project was included in Budget 2012-13 at an anticipated cost of Rs. 252 crore. 

Memorandum of Understanding between India and Bangladesh ahs been signed in February, 2013.  An outlay of Rs. 10 crore has been provided during 2013-14. Work is presently in preliminary stages.

Agartala-Sabroom (110 km), New Line: Project was included in Railway Budget 2008-09 and has been declared as National Project.  

Latest anticipated cost of the project is Rs. 1141.75 crore and an expenditure of Rs. 497.8 crore has been incurred upto March 2013-14.  Presently, earthwork, bridges have been taken up. Overall progress is 42.35 per cent.

Reconnaissance Engineering cum Traffic Survey for providing connectivity ofBelonia station on under construction Agartala-Sabroom new line project and Feni(Bangladesh) has been taken up. 

 Ministry of External Affairs has been requested to confirm funding provision for proposed for proposed line.  Proposal would be considered for sanction, based on outcome of survey report.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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