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Gauge conversion: Tripura officially gets disconnected for next 6 months
AGARTALA: Tripura will remain disconnected from the rest of the country in terms of railway network for over six months starting this Sunday owing to broad gauge conversion work from Badarpur-Kumarghat-Agartala.
The preliminary gauge conversion work has started and the main work is slated to begin from October 1. The passenger and good train from Agartala station last flagged off on September 19.
The entire mega block conversion work is supposed to end by March 31 the next year. The capital city will be connected to the rest of the states in the country by the broad gauge track soon after the Mega Block.
On the other hand, the construction work of railway line to connect India and Bangladesh is expected to be completed by 2017. The 3.7 kilometer would be from Agartala railway station to Charipara with 1.3 kilometer railway yard connecting Gangasagar Railway Station in Bangladesh.
Earlier, a team consisting of IRCON technical experts, Indian High Commission in Dhaka led by Chief Engineer of Northeast Frontier Railways (Construction) visited the Agartala railway station and Nischintapur, the bordering village from where the proposed rail line will enter Bangladesh.
Apart from improving connectivity and boost trade, the 15.054 kilometer long Agartala-Akhaura railway project would help to strengthen the bond between India and Bangladesh.