Agartala-Akhaura Railway

1. Tripura CM announces nearing operationalization of Maitri Setu and Agartala-Akhaura Railway Link.
2. Maitri Setu at Sabroom to provide access to Chittagong port of Bangladesh.
3. Significant milestones ahead for Tripura’s connectivity and trade prospects.

Agartala, May 18: Tripura Chief Minister Prof. Dr. Manik Saha has revealed that the Maitri Setu and the Agartala-Akhaura Railway Link are on the verge of becoming operational, marking significant milestones for the state.

The Maitri Setu, constructed over the river Feni at Sabroom in the South District of Tripura, is poised to facilitate access to the Chittagong port of Bangladesh.

This development positions Tripura as the ‘Gateway of North East’, offering direct connectivity to the Chittagong Port, merely 80 kilometers away from Sabroom.

Emphasizing the government’s commitment to maintaining peace and fostering an environment conducive to investment, CM Saha highlighted the state’s growing appeal to investors.

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“With the elections nearly concluded, and a new government on the horizon, under the visionary leadership of PM Modi and his unwavering commitment to the Act East Policy and the HIRA Model, the operationalization of Maitri Setu is imminent. The trial run for the Agartala-Akahura railway link has been successfully completed, and its inauguration is also imminent. We are witnessing a surge in investor interest, as evidenced by recent meetings. The future of Tripura is promising, and with the establishment of rail connectivity, we anticipate faster access to Kolkata,” he affirmed.

The Agartala-Akhaura railway project marks a significant milestone as the first railway initiative between the North Eastern States and Bangladesh.

This project holds immense national importance, with the Indian portion executed by the Ministry of Railways through M/s Indian Railway Construction Company Limited (IRCON) and funded by the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (MDoNER).

Simultaneously, the Bangladesh portion is managed by Bangladesh Railways and financed by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs.

The Agartala–Akhaura railway link is anticipated to enhance connectivity between India and Bangladesh, facilitating increased trade and economic exchanges between the two nations.

The project spans a length of 5.46 km in India and 6.78 km in Bangladesh, with a total project cost of Rs. 972.52 crore for both segments.