TNT Desk | September 10, 2018
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with Bangladesh premier Sheikh Hasina, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, inaugurated the commencement for the Agartala-Akhaura rail project on Monday. The same was done through a video conference programme. Two other projects were also inaugurated today- the power supply to Bangladesh from West Bengal and an inland waterways transport over River Feni.
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb tweeted in this regard as under:
— Biplab Kumar Deb (@BjpBiplab) September 10, 2018
Speaking to the press after the joint unveiling of e-plaque of commencement of the Indo-Bangla rail link project, CM Biplab Deb said the move is a major step towards PM Modi’s goal of developing North-East India into ‘Astalaxmi’ and ‘HIRA’. “Prime Minister Modi wants to develop North-East India into HIRA and Astalaxmi. Today’s joint inaugural ceremony is a major step towards that goal. This project will develop the socio-economic and cultural bond between the two nations,” Deb said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also spoke in this regard as under:
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) September 10, 2018
Tripura CM Deb said he would request the prime ministers of both nations to consider proposals of direct goods transportation instead of interventions of loading and unloading.
The Agartala-Akhaura rail project was conceptualized in 2010. Later, India and Bangladesh signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on a couple of issues including the rail project in 2013. The rail link is expected to be operational in 2019.