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AGARTALA: The Agartala-Akhaura international railway project is expected to be over by next 2018, one official said on Wednesday.
"Process of laying tracks in the 15.054 km, both in India and Bangladesh side requires two or another six months. However, we have fixed target to complete the project by 2018," the official said after a meeting conducted between higher officials of India and Bangladesh at State Guest House today.
Of the total, 5 kilometres track would be laid in Indian side while the rest would be laid in Bangladesh.
A ten-member delegation of India was headed by Joint Secretary of Ministry of External Affairs – A.K Gupte and the eight-member team from Bangladesh was led by Additional Secretary of Roads and Railways – Sashi Singh.
Total Rs. 972.52 crore required for the project would be borne by India government, of which DoNER Ministry would fund for the India side and the Ministry of External Affairs would bear the cost for Bangladesh side.
Land acquisition on India part has already begun, the official said.
The railway project would boost the trade connectivity between India's northeastern states and Bangladesh and also strengthen relationship between the two countries.
Former India Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Bangladesh Prime Minister had jointly finalized the project in 2010. Later, both the countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2013.