THE INDIAN Railways is set to soon resume its move to provide a railway link to Bhutan and studies have already been conducted, according to Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain.
“The construction organisation of Northeast Frontier Railway has already undertaken many survey works for providing rail connectivity to countries such as Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh,” Gohain said.
The railway links between India and Bhutan, for which studies were carried out by RITES in 2008, include Kokrajhar-Gelephu, Rangiya-Samdrupjonkhar, Banarhat-Samtse, and Pathsala-Nanglam. Gohain said Indian Railways’ priority is to try and double the existing railway link in Assam over the next three years.
About the railway link to Bangladesh, Gohain said, “Once completed, the Agartala-Akhaura international rail link project will boost socio-economic development of not only Tripura but the entire Northeastern region. This line will be a part of the Trans-Asian Railway network and will provide a much shorter connectivity from Tripura to Kolkata through Bangladesh.”
SOURCE : The Indian Express