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India - Bangladesh agrees on rail connectivity

A Correspondent
Agartala, September 8, 2010: Indian and Bangladesh railway officers held a high level meeting in Agartala on Wednesday to discuss modalities on railway connectivity between two countries. 16 kilometer stretch of track is proposed between Agartala and Akhaura in Bangladesh to install a rail link for transportation and transshipment of passengers and goods.  

The officials conducted a joint survey on the proposed route to undertake track laying work between the two sides. The four members Bangladesh team led by railways chief engineer Y. Ali Mirdha also visited Agartala rail station to assess possibility of rail link extension between Bangladesh and India.  

Prior to a formal meeting the railway officials of both sides met state's transport minister Manik Dey and his officers at civil secretariat. It followed the meeting that culminated signing of a memorandum of understanding.  

“We have finalised technical details and alignment of the track. We have signed the MOU with Indian officials”, Bangladesh team leader delegation Y. Ali Mirdha told newsmen. He said a few more meetings are slated to take place before the work begins.   

Railway connectivity with India's landlocked northeastern region was one of issues discussed during meeting of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and his counterpart Sheikh Hasina at New Delhi in January this year. As a preface of the bilateral understandings on rail link extension Bangladesh government sent a technical delegation to Agartala.  

India would bear entre expenditure to complete rail link project.