India-Bangla train link a dream

A train from this sleepy Indian village crossing the international zero line and entering Bangladesh is the dream of Daghu Miah.

Nischintapur: A train from
this sleepy Indian village crossing the international zero
line and entering Bangladesh is the dream of Daghu Miah.

Miah, a septuagenarian peasant, does not have any
objection to his paddy field being acquired for the proposed
railway station linking the two countries, though his land is
the only means of livelihood for him and the families of his
three sons.

Railways officials have made visits and marked 12
bighas of land with the maximum amount belonging to Miah.

He, however, is apprehensive whether the Railways
will provide him the proper value for the land.

"I will have no problem if I can manage to procure
the same amount of land elsewhere with the compensation given
by Railways. But, I fear the money given during acquisition
may not be enough," he told.

The Indian Railways recently approved Rs 267 crore for
laying a 14 km railway track to connect Agartala, Tripura`s
capital, with Akhaura in Bangladesh.

The Northeastern Frontier Railway (NFR) is likely to
undertake work for laying tracks by October next year, Special
Secretary to Transport department Kishore Ambuly said.

PTI

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