IRCON, NFR jointly start Alignment Works for Agartala-Akhaura rail link

Agartala (AGTL): The Indian Railway Construction Company Limited (IRCON) and Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) have jointly started the fixing of alignment works for the proposed Agartala-Akhaura rail link.

Once the alignment is fixed, it will be put on the Revenue map to undertake land acquisition process for the 15 km Indo-Bangla rail link, said Transport secretary Kishore Ambuly.

Speaking with media persons here at Civil Secretary on Thursday, Ambuly said both IRCON and NFR have been working to execute the dream rail project. A three-member team of IRCON-NFR headed by general manager Bijoy Behara on Thursday met Transport secretary in his office chamber. The team is presently staying in Agartala to expedite works.

Ambuly added that IRCON, speciliased in transport infrastructure, have expressed their desire to set up a office at Badharghat area of Agartala to expedite the Indo-Bangla rail link. However, land for setting up IRCON office has not been decided yet.

A total 15 km proposed rail link will be set up from Badharghat station in Agartala to Gangasagar in Bangladesh and it will connect the Akhaura station of Bangladesh, five km will be laid on the Indian side, while the remaining 10 km will be constructed on the Bangladesh side. The rail line will be of Broad Gauge format and estimate cost of the link will be around Rs 252 crore, which will be borne by the government of India.

However, NFR sources said that the construction of two major tunnels at NC Hills is expected to end by September, 2014 and there will be no train services from October 2014 to March 2015 in between Lumding to Agartala to speed up the BG conversion work.

After completion of conversion works, the BG rail service will start probably by April-May 2015 next, said NFR.