AGARTALA, Sept 26 - Union Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu would be arriving here next month to lay the foundation stone for BG conversion work from Badarpur to Kumarghat. The BG conversion work is scheduled to start from October 1.
Tripura Transport Minister Manik Dey, who held a discussion with the Railway Minister, in Delhi recently, informed that Prabhu has accepted an invitation to visit Tripura in the second week of October, probably before Durga puja.
Dey said he had requested the Union Minister to complete the BG conversion works in time keeping in mind the dilapidated condition of Assam-Agartala National Highway. In the meeting, he urged Prabhu to start BG works from Badarpur to Kumarghat and Kumarghat to Agartala at a time. Dey also requested the Union Minister to arrange running of superfast train from Agartala. However, Railway officials present in the meeting pointed out that there might be problem in running superfast train on newly- built BG route from Badarpur to Lumding on technical ground.
A request to open BG line upto Udaipur by March 2016 was also made to the Union Minister and he instructed the officials to complete the works upto Udaipur on schedule by March 2016.
The Indo-Bangla rail project also came up for discussion in the meeting attended by Executive Director (Works) Ved Prakash Dudeja, P Guha, Executive Director (Coaches) and Principal Resident Commissioner, Tripura Bhavan, Delhi, Rakesh Sarwal.
Laying stress on early release of fund for land acquisition for Agartala-Akhaura rail link, Dey said he had requested the Union Minister to release 60 per cent of the fund so that land acquisition process could be taken up immediately.
An amount of Rs 96/Rs 97 crore would be required for land acquisition after the NITI Aayog decided to have elevated corridor upto to Indian side to minimise land acquisition cost.
Earlier, Rs 302 crore was proposed to acquire 97 acres of land for the Indo-Bangla rail project. The Ministry of External Affairs would fund the 10 km Indo-Bangla rail link of the total length of 15 km project from Agartala to Akhaura.