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BG train service up to Udaipur by April

By Correspondent

AGARTALA, March 6 - The CRS inspection upto newly- built BG track upto Udaipur would be conducted in between March 20 to March 30, official sources said here.

As of now, the NF Railway has been strengthening the newly-built BG track from Kumarghat to Agartala by running ballast trains which is a mandatory provision before going for CRS inspection.

The process of strengthening the track is expected to be completed shortly to pave the way for much-awaited CRS inspection on the newly-built track, said Transport Secretary Samarjit Bhowmik.

Speaking to the media, Bhowmik on Sunday said the process of strengthening the track has been initiated to check the newly-built track if it has the capability of bearing the passenger train.

�If everything falls in right place, the passenger train service would begin up to Udaipur by April next. We are hopeful of meeting target of opening BG train service up to Udaipur within the prescribed time-frame�, he said.

The BG conversion work upto Udaipur has already been completed while only a few things are left on the newly- built track.

Now, the NFR has been carrying out different works to meet the deadline for commissioning Udaipur-Sabroom railway extension project.

On the railway extension project from Udaipur to Sabroom, Bhowmik said the track linking work is supposed to be over by March 2017 and the entire BG track would be ready for passenger train service by March 2018.

Regarding the Indo-Bangla railway project, Bhowmik said the DoNER has already sanctioned Rs 580 crore to undertake the ambitious Agartala-Gangasagar railway project but no fund is released yet. �We will start land acquisition process once fund is released by the Centre�, he said.

The estimated cost of the 16-km rail project is Rs 1,000 crore. As per the NITI Aayog, the project should be commissioned within next two years. The IRCON has been assigned to execute the ambitious railway project.

Under the plan, the five km stretch � up to Indian side would be elevated corridor to save land and the State Government has accepted the proposal.

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