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Alternative railway line to connect North-South in Tripura completed: CM


Agartala, Jan 24 (UNI) The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has completed the primary survey work and feasibility study for alternative railway track construction to connect Dharmanagar of North Tripura with Belonia of South Tripura via Agartala and western bordering town Sonamura.

While applauding the success of central government Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb yesterday said in the NEC plenary Session at Shillong that the process of preparing the final report for the alternative railway link between North Tripura and South Tripura through West Tripura would be submitted soon.

The Final Location Survey (FLS) for the alternative railway link would be taken up by NFR after getting approval of the Railway Board, Deb said adding that railway connectivity of Tripura has got a facelift after Modi led government came to power in 2014 and over last six years railway become the main mode of transportation in the state.

“Besides, gauge conversion, which had been lying pending for over 50 years, was done within six months of Narendra Modi led government coming to power in 2014. All major Indian cities including New Delhi, Bengaluru and Hyderabad got railway connectivity, which was solely dependent on air travel,” Deb stated.

Travelling from South most point of Tripura to Northern last can be done easily in a day now due to local train service and the nearest city of Assam Silchar has been connected by a pair of daily trains. As a result, movement of people, business and scale of development have increased in manifold, he added.

The Chief Minister underlined an initiative for rail connectivity between Feni (Bangladesh) and Belonia (Tripura), as part of the restoration of pre-independent connectivity in the region. The matter has been taken up with the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Railways.

Apart from that, Agartala – Akhaura (Bangladesh) rail link project has been going on in full swing and is expected to be completed by next few months with a Rail Yard at Nischintapur at Tripura border where an Integrated Check Post (ICP) is proposed to be set up for handling goods and passenger traffic between India and Bangladesh.

“A bridge over the River Feni (Maître Setu) is almost completed to get port connectivity at Chittagong in Bangladesh. An ICP is proposed to be set up at Sabroom after completion of the Feni Bridge to facilitate cargo movements. Besides, a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is being set up at Sabroom for boosting export and import,” Deb added.

He further demanded cent per cent central grant for North-Eastern states in Centrally Sponsored Schemes and schemes under Central Assistance to State Plan considering the fund constraints in the implementation of such projects with 90:10 funding pattern, as the states are not able to meet the 10 per cent state share.”

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