AGARTALA, Feb 21 � The broad gauge rail connectivity upto Udaipur in Tripura is scheduled to be completed by December 2015, the Assembly was informed here on Friday.
Replying to a notice, Transport Minister Manik Dey informed the House that the construction of two tunnels in NC Hills in Assam is in full swing and expected to be completed within next few days.
Asserting that fund constraint has been delaying the BG conversion work from Lumding to Agartala, he said an amount of Rs 132 crore would be required to complete the BG conversion work from Kumarghat to Agartala while only Rs 5 crore was allocated for the 2013-14 FY.
�Chief Minister Manik Sarkar had already requested the Union Railway Minister to allocate more fund for the national railway project. However, the State Government has received no response from the Centre yet�, he said.
Dey said the 114 km Agartala-Sabroom rail network would be broadgauge by next year. �In the first phase, Udaipur will be connected with Agartala (44 km) by next year. The land acquisition problem, which had appeared a major obstacle to the project, has been settled�, he said.
In the second phase, Udaipur will be connected with Sabroom (66 km) and land acquisition process has already got underway. As per the alignment, plots covering an area of 182.79 hectares are required and 9.94 hectares land of Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary is also needed to execute the 66 km rail link upto Sabroom. �The State Government has already sought clearance from the Ministry of Forest and Environment to acquire 9.94 hectares land for the railway project but no green signal is received so far�, he said.
Dey further said a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been inked between India and Bangladesh to push the dream Indo-Bangla rail network from Agartala to Akhaura (Bangladesh) way back in 2010.
The Indian Railways has engaged IRCON to fix alignment of the proposed 15 km rail track connecting two sides of the Indo-Bangla border, he added.