Agartala: India and Bangladesh have finalised the alignment for a rail link of 11.5 kms between here and Akhaura in the neighbouring country, which will also reduce the distance to Kolkata by nearly three times.
The alignment was finalised at a meeting yesterday between a high-power delegation of officials led by Zonal Manager of the Indian Railway Construction Company (IRCON),
Yogesh Mishra and Bangladesh Railways led by Chief Engineer Y Ali Mirdha, officials said here today.
The report of alignment would be placed by the officials to their respective ministries.
If sanctioned, work for laying the track will be started by IRCON and funded by India, they said.
According to the final alignment, the distance between Agartala and Akhaura railway station would be 11.5 km.
The distance between Agartala and Kolkata via Guwahati is 1200 km at present which would be reduced to 519 km if the linkage was completed.
Bangladesh has agreed to give access to reach Kolkata through Akhaura at a Prime Minister level meeting held in Delhi in January.