अगरतला Agartala (AGTL): Bangladesh officials will join Indian counterparts in the 3rd Project Steering Committee meeting here on June 18 to discuss Agartala–Akhaura railway project.
The meeting to be attended by officials of external affairs and railway ministries of both countries would move forward proposed trans-border rail link, second in India’s eastern frontier.
Seven-member Bangladesh delegation led by Sunil Chandra Paul, Joint Secretary in Ministry of Railways, arrived here on Monday. Alok Kumar Sinha, Joint Secretary in India’s Ministry of External Affairs, would lead a side also comprising senior railway officials.
Indian government is taking entire burden of expenditure towards laying track, building a border station and infrastructure facilities in the 15 km railway stretch. Officials said the central government has already allocated Rs.252 crore for the project to comply with an agreement between both countries signed in 2010.
Railways Ministry has entrusted railway construction agency IRCON International Ltd for project implementation and the Northeastern Frontier Railway (NFR) has submitted land acquisition report to the revenue department of Tripura government. On the other Bangladesh government is to settle land acquisition matter and extend administrative support to the Indian agency that would lay 10 km track from border to Akhaura.
A senior Tripura transport department official Amit Burman Roy informed that the delegations of both countries would visit the site of proposed border station at Nischintapur and some other locations on Wednesday to assess the project firsthand. State government officials would attend the meeting and field visits.