GUWAHATI, April 22: During his ongoing visit to Tripura, Raosaheb Patil Danve, minister of State of Railways, Coal & Mines conducted a review meeting with NF Railway (Open Line & Construction) officials on Thursday to inquire about the progress of all ongoing railway projects in the Northeast and other developmental works. During the meeting, he stressed upon completion of all the projects within the stipulated time frame. Danve on Friday also inspected and reviewed the ongoing Agartala – Akhaura rail link project connecting Nischintapur (Agartala) to Akhaura (Bangladesh).
He also inspected Nischintapur station yard of the Agartala – Akhaura rail link project where a passenger and cargo terminal to facilitate international travellers are being constructed. The station yard, equipped with modern amenities will serve the purpose of Indo – Bangladesh trade along with transshipment facility of goods and passengers. Further, the station yard will be used for security purposes and document checking of passengers to and from Bangladesh.
Once the ongoing rail link project is complete, North-eastern part of India would be connected with Bangladesh via Tripura through railways. This is expected to give trade, commerce and economic activities of this landlocked region a much desired boost. New railway line between India and Bangladesh will also reduce the travel time between Agartala to Kolkata significantly. Goods carrying trains from various parts of India can reach NE region via Bangladesh with much lesser transportation cost.
Danve also interacted with media persons on ongoing railway projects and other infrastructure developmental works during a Press Meet at State Guest House, Agartala.