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New rail line to reduce travel time between Agartala, Kolkata by 21 hours

Press Trust of India  |  Nishchintpur (Indo-Bangla border) 

The new 12.3 km Akhaura rail line will reduce journey time between and Kolkata by 21 hours, by cutting through Bangladesh's capital instead of Guwahati.

The between and Kolkata will now be reduced to around 10 hours from current 31 hours as it will travel a mere 550 km instead of 1600.

and currently have four operational rail links between and - Petrapole-Benapole, Gede-Darshana, Radhikapur-Biral and Singhabad-Rohanpur.

Radhikapur-Biral and Singhabad-Rohanpur are also notified for use of Nepalese transit traffic.

The present line will go to Akhaura which is linked to rail route.

"Kolkata is a major destination for people in this area, but as of now there was no direct connectivity to the city. The line will help not only people from but also those from which is 150 km away," of the Rs 570 crore project M S Chauhan said.

The line will be operational by 2020, he said.

The trains on the line will undergo security check once at Nishchintpur on the Indian side and Gangasagar on the side, sources said.

This line will be instrumental in freight movement as well as goods from the northeastern state can now reach Kolkata in one third the time. Similarly, goods from port will reach Agartala quicker.

The number of Bangladeshi travellers to increased from 7.5 lakh in 2015 to 9.33 lakh in 2016. In the first six months of 2017, seven lakh Bangladeshis visited

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First Published: Sun, May 13 2018. 18:15 IST