In a significant development, the ongoing construction work line between Agartala in Tripura and Akhaura in Bangladesh will be completed by December.
The 15.6-kms-long railway link will connect Gangasagar in Bangladesh to Nischintapur in India, and from Nischintapur to Agartala railway station.
The incoming goods will also be offloaded at Nischintapur. Nischintapur has a trans-shipment yard and the railway passengers coming from Bangladesh will be deboarded there.
“This is a Rs 980 crore project and the work on the Indian side has already been completed,” an official said.
“Work on the Indian side has already been completed. The work on the Bangladesh side was stopped due to the Covid related lockdown, but it will resume from Monday,” said an official.
IRCON International is the executing agency for the construction of the railway project on both sides.
The Union DoNER ministry is bearing the cost for laying the track on the 5.46 kms link on the Indian side.
The cost of laying the 10.6-km-long track on the Bangladesh side is being borne by the Ministry of External Affairs, the official said.
India and Bangladesh recently resumed the operation of freight trains through the restored Haldibari-Chilahati route boosting the railway connectivity between the two countries.