Foreign Policy Watch: India-Bangladesh

Agartala-Akhaura Railway LinkPrelims Only

Note4Students

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : Agartala-Akhaura Link

Mains level : Railway connectivity in NE states


 

The landmark Agartala-Akhaura railway line to connect the northeastern region with Bangladesh is expected to be ready by the end of 2021.

About Agartala-Akhaura Link

  • MoU for Indo-Bangla Railway connectivity project viz. Agartala-Akhaura new Broad Gauge line (15.06 Km) was signed on 16.02.2013 between India and Bangladesh.
  • The link will connect Gangasagar in Bangladesh to Nischintapur in India and from there to Agartala.
  • The Project was at standstill because of sharp increase in cost of land for the sections in India.
  • The Railway Ministry would bear the cost of laying the 5.46-km track on the Indian side and the cost of the 10.6-km track on the Bangladesh side was being borne by the Ministry of External Affairs.

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