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  1. Agartala to Kolkata in just 10 hours by train? This new Indian Railways link via Bangladesh to make it possible

Agartala to Kolkata in just 10 hours by train? This new Indian Railways link via Bangladesh to make it possible

The new 12.3 km Akhaura rail line will reduce journey time between Agartala and Kolkata by 21 hours, by cutting through Bangladesh's capital Dhaka instead of Guwahati.

By: | Nishchintpur | Published: May 13, 2018 6:57 PM
indian railways, Akhaura rail line,  Agartala to kolkata train, indian railway link via bangladesh, news on indians railways, latest news on indian railways The travel time between Agartala and Kolkata will now be reduced to around 10 hours from current 31 hours as it will travel a mere 550 km instead of 1600. (IE)

The new 12.3 km Akhaura rail line will reduce journey time between Agartala and Kolkata by 21 hours, by cutting through Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka instead of Guwahati. The travel time between Agartala and Kolkata will now be reduced to around 10 hours from current 31 hours as it will travel a mere 550 km instead of 1600. India and Bangladesh currently have four operational rail links between West Bengal and Western Bangladesh – Petrapole-Benapole, Gede-Darshana, Radhikapur-Biral and Singhabad-Rohanpur. Radhikapur-Biral and Singhabad-Rohanpur are also notified for use of Nepalese transit traffic.

The present line will go to Akhaura which is linked to Dhaka Chittagong rail route. “Kolkata is a major destination for people in this area, but as of now there was no direct connectivity to the city. The line will help not only people from Agartala but also those from Mizoram which is 150 km away,” Chief engineer of the Rs 570 crore project M S Chauhan said. The line will be operational by 2020, he said.

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The trains on the line will undergo security check once at Nishchintpur on the Indian side and Gangasagar on the Bangladesh side, sources said. This line will be instrumental in freight movement as well as goods from the northeastern state can now reach Kolkata in one third the time. Similarly, goods from Chittagong port will reach Agartala quicker. The number of Bangladeshi travellers to India increased from 7.5 lakh in 2015 to 9.33 lakh in 2016. In the first six months of 2017, seven lakh Bangladeshis visited India.

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  1. Harbhajan Singh
    May 14, 2018 at 11:37 am
    Its Great achivement of three countries.
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    1. Satheesh Kumar
      May 14, 2018 at 10:14 am
      Excellent initiative from the NaMo government.
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        Hitendra Khatri
        May 14, 2018 at 9:56 am
        Less developed cities needs connectivity with major cities for development. Patan North Gujarat needs connection with major cities but till due attention is not there, Hitendra Khatri
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          Rajesh
          May 14, 2018 at 3:57 am
          Great move to increase connectivity of people and goods in the North-East. No doubt it will boost the economy of the region. But we must be sure to guard against the danger of illegal aliens from Bangladesh crossing into India. Only entry with a valid visa and no overstaying.
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            Nilesh
            May 13, 2018 at 11:37 pm
            Train should run non stop from upon entry in Bangladesh till exit from Bangladesh.
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              Arpita
              May 13, 2018 at 10:13 pm
              Please give some new trains in the routes going through Dhanbad. So that Dhanbad can also be connected to the major cities of the country. You people are being able to see only those places which are already developed in terms of their connection with the other places but not Dhanbad, Jharkhand why?
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              1. SEKHAR B
                May 13, 2018 at 10:04 pm
                You have to take care of the security aspects very minutely.
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