AGARTALA, Dec 25 - The year 2015 could be a beneficial one as works for two strategic projects � laying of foundation stone for making Tripura as an international gateway of Internet and commencement of BG conversion work have got underway.
If the State is connected with submarine cable at Cox Bazar in Bangladesh, it will have a big impact in the State�s socio-economic condition.
Currently, State�s Internet service is very unstable because of �distance� leading to not only inconvenience to the people but also hamper the normal functioning of different government offices.
Not only Tripura, the entire Northeastern region would be benefited once the Internet connectivity is established with Bangladesh�s submarine cable. Also, the State would be third in the country to have such Internet gateway after Mumbai and Chennai.
The State also looks set to have BG rail network by early next year as conversion work is in full swing. According to latest report, the BG conversion work from Badarpur to Agartala has been gaining ground with every passing day.
It is reported that Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) would bring ballast train upto Agartala by next month giving a major fillip to the State�s connectivity.
And, if everything falls in right place, people of the State would see BG railhead upto Agartala by March, 2016.
One can�t ignore another milestone � introduction of direct bus service between Kolkata and Agartala via Dhaka. The direct bus service came at a time when the people of the State are struggling to go to Kolkata in the wake of suspension of railway service and sky-rocketing price of air tickets.
In the political arena, the ruling Left Front continued to dominate in the election battles to Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC), by-election to two Assembly constituencies � Surma and Pratapgarh and civic elections.
In June 30 by-elections, the Left Front had won with massive victory with opposition parties failing to put up a decent show.
After the by-elections, the Left Front once again registered a massive victory in the ADC elections in May. Of the total 28 constituencies of the Tribal Council, the Left Front won all the seats flooring the opposition Congress, INPT and BJP.
The Left Front victory chariot continued in the civic elections too. Of the total 49 Wards of the prestigious Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC), the CPM-led Left Front won 45 Wards while only four Wards went to the opposition. Left Front also won all the Municipal Councils and Nagar Panchayats with huge margin.
In the law and order front, the State largely remained peaceful with no major extremist-related incidents reported during the year.