Suresh Prabhu flags off ‘Tripura Sundari Express’; link to Bangladesh laid
Suresh Prabhu flags off ‘Tripura Sundari Express’; link to Bangladesh laid [IR]
Tripura entered the broad gauge railway map of country with Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu fl agging off Agartala-New Delhi ‘Tripura Sundari Express’.
The Agartala-Akhoura railway link would be part of trans-Asian rail connectivity and bring connectivity with Bangladesh. The rail track would be extended to Sabroom, the southern-most town in Tripura, which is only 75 km from Chittagong port in Bangladesh.
Chittagong port is the best port in Asia. The aim is to connect Indian Railways track with Chittagong port through Sabroom.
Govt. is very keen to make northeast region a tourist hub and bring Bangladesh into the same tourist circuit.
Bangladesh has now decided to launch a new train between Khulna and Kolkata in addition to the Maitri Express train that plies between Dhaka and Kolkata.
All northeast state capitals will be linked with railways by 2020 and work is already on in Manipur, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh.
The agreement between the two countries on the rail link was signed during Hasina’s visit to New Delhi in January 2010.