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  • 04 November, 2023

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Agartala-Akhaura Rail Link

Agartala-Akhaura Rail Link (International relaton)

A new rail link connecting Northeast India with Bangladesh for a distance of 12.24 kms was inaugurated recently.

  • The project is part of India’s “Act East Policy”, which aims to promote economic cooperation and develop strategic ties with countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Year - Sanctioned in 2003 and signed by both countries in 2013

Transport – It will start from Agartala (Tripura, India) to Akhaura (Bangladesh)

  • Immigration checks will be held at Nischintapur, the Indian-Bangladesh border.
  • 1st station on the Bangladesh side will be Gangasagar.

Tripura shares an 856-km international border with Bangladesh, the second highest after West Bengal.

Funding – Rs 1255.10 crore (entirely funded by India)

Agartala-Akhaura Rail Link

In India

In Bangladesh

Distance

5.46 km

6.78 km

Funding

Ministry for Development of North East Region (DoNER)

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) as ‘Aid to Bangladesh’

Constructed by

Indian Railway Construction International Ltd. (IRCON), a public sector unit under the Indian Railways

Texmaco, a private Indian firm

Significance – It will boost tourism, trade, and people-to-people exchanges between India and Bangladesh.Faster connectivity between Agartala and Kolkata by reducing the distance from 1600 km to 500 km and the travel time from 31 hours to 10 hours.

Existing train link between West Bengal (India) and Bangladesh were Bandhan Express, Maitree Express and Mitali Express.

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