Indo-Bangla, Indo-Nepal Rail Connectivity Projects Underway: Manoj Sinha

18 December, New Delhi

The 15 km long Agartala to Akhaura project has been sanctioned for providing additional rail connectivity between India and Bangladesh with funding of Indian portion of project which is five km by the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) and of the Bangladesh portion which is ten km by Ministry of External Affairs, the Rajya Sabha was informed Friday.

In a written reply, Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha said the present cost of this project is Rs 967.85 crore with cost of Bangladesh portion as Rs 387.85 cr and that of India as Rs 580 crore. As per the MoU signed between the Governments of India and Bangladesh, the Indian Railways is responsible for construction of the Indian portion and Bangladesh Railways for their portion.

Execution of Indian portion of the project has been entrusted to IRCON. This line will cater to passengers as well as goods traffic, he said.

Besides, the Railways has also taken up two projects for the Indo-Nepal connectivity.

The 18.60 km Jogbani-Biratnagar (Nepal) new line project has been taken up at an anticipated cost of Rs 407 crore and is being funded by the Ministry of External Affairs.

Of the 18.60 km, 5.45 km length falls in India and 13.60 km in Nepal. Land for the entire project, except for a length of about 1.8 km falling in Nepal, has been acquired and earthwork, bridge works and others taken up, Mr Sinha informed. Jaynagar-Bijalpura gauge conversion and its extension up to Bardibas (69 km) project was taken up at an anticipated cost of Rs 540 crore which is also being funded by the Ministry of External Affairs. Out of which, three km falls in India and 66 km in Nepal. The final location survey has been completed.

Land plans for Indian portion has been submitted to the state government. In Nepal portion, land has been handed over in 47 km in patches. Earthwork and bridgework have been taken up in the stretches where land is available, he said.

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