In Tripura, the Indo-Bangla bilateral meeting for Agartala-Akhaura rail project was held in Agartala. Issues related to land acquisition, tendering process and completion of the project were discussed. The 10-member Indian delegation was led by Mr. Ajit Kumar Gupte, Joint Secretary (DPA), Ministry of External Affairs during the talks. The Bangladesh delegation was led by Shashi Kumar Singha, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Railways.
Mr. Ajit Kr. Gupte told that the work from Indian side will be started in December. He said, the project is expected to be completed within two and half years. The total cost of the project would be 972.52 crores, out of which 580 crores will be spent by India and 392.52 crores will be spent by Bangladesh.
The leader of Bangladesh delegation said that this rail connectivity will give boost to bilateral trade between both the countries. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had laid foundation stone for Agartala-Akhaura international rail Project in July this year. Out of the total length of 15.06 km, a stretch of 5.05 km would come under the Indian Territory in Tripura while the rest 10.01 km would be on the Bangladesh soil.