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Agartala-Udaipur passenger train to be flagged off on Jan 24

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AGARTALA, Jan 18 - Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu will flag off passenger train service between Agartala and Udaipur, district headquarters of Gomati on January 24, official sources said.

However, there would be no formal inaugural programme here as the Railways Minister will dedicate the train service from Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh, according to an NFR official here on Wednesday.

Initially, two pair of trains would be introduced in the newly-built BG railway track. The 44 km railway track had got CRS clearance for running passenger trains around three months ago but it got delayed for various reasons.

The NFR has set a target of connecting Sabroom with the country�s BG railway network by March 2020. However, forest clearance for some patches in the 70-km track is yet to be obtained by NFR. A meeting with the Addl PCCF would be held very shortly to expedite forest clearance so that the project could get completed on time.

The railway link upto Sabroom is considered strategic as the location is very close to Bangladesh. The distance between Sabroom and Chittagong port (Bangladesh) is only 70 km, which will open a new advantage not only for Tripura but also for the entire North East.

On the Indo-Bangla railway project, the NFR official said the DoNER Ministry has already sanctioned Rs 82 crore to undertake land acquisition. But the process remains a bottleneck for the project as the State Government could not hand over the land so far.

�It is reported that land would be handed over to IRCON by February/March as the State Government is keen to complete the project at the earliest�, said the official.

The 15 km proposed railway track between Akhaura and Gangasagar (Bangladesh) would be fully funded by DoNER and once the connectivity is established, the entire communication scenario in the State would change.

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Agartala-Udaipur passenger train to be flagged off on Jan 24

AGARTALA, Jan 18 - Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu will flag off passenger train service between Agartala and Udaipur, district headquarters of Gomati on January 24, official sources said.

However, there would be no formal inaugural programme here as the Railways Minister will dedicate the train service from Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh, according to an NFR official here on Wednesday.

Initially, two pair of trains would be introduced in the newly-built BG railway track. The 44 km railway track had got CRS clearance for running passenger trains around three months ago but it got delayed for various reasons.

The NFR has set a target of connecting Sabroom with the country�s BG railway network by March 2020. However, forest clearance for some patches in the 70-km track is yet to be obtained by NFR. A meeting with the Addl PCCF would be held very shortly to expedite forest clearance so that the project could get completed on time.

The railway link upto Sabroom is considered strategic as the location is very close to Bangladesh. The distance between Sabroom and Chittagong port (Bangladesh) is only 70 km, which will open a new advantage not only for Tripura but also for the entire North East.

On the Indo-Bangla railway project, the NFR official said the DoNER Ministry has already sanctioned Rs 82 crore to undertake land acquisition. But the process remains a bottleneck for the project as the State Government could not hand over the land so far.

�It is reported that land would be handed over to IRCON by February/March as the State Government is keen to complete the project at the earliest�, said the official.

The 15 km proposed railway track between Akhaura and Gangasagar (Bangladesh) would be fully funded by DoNER and once the connectivity is established, the entire communication scenario in the State would change.