India, B`desh plan to restore two rail links

India and Bangladesh will be restoring two rail links which had been snapped during the 1965 war.

Last Updated: Apr 25, 2011, 00:16 AM IST

Dhaka: India and Bangladesh will be
restoring two more rail links which had been snapped during
the 1965 war, six years before the liberation of the country.

"Two more rail links will be restored. The talks are
positive. We will respond soon." Commerce and Industry
Minister Anand Sharma said here today.

Sharma, however did not identify these rail links which
are to be restored.

The two countries have already activated the
Kolkata-Dhaka rail link.

The emphasis on restoring the rail lines was made when
Sharma met Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina here.

There are already five rail links between India and
Bangladesh ?Gede (India) ? Darsana (B?desh) broad gauge,
Singhabad (India)-Rohanpur (B?desh) broad gauge, Petrapole
(India)-Benapole (B?desh) broad gauge, Radhikapur
(India)-Shahbazar (B?desh)-metre gauge.

The rail links were snapped during the 1965 Indo-Pak war
when Bangladesh was a part of Pakistan.

Meanwhile, the Bangladesh Prime Minister expressed
satisfaction over the outcome of the visit of the Indian
Minister and called the Indian decision `timely`.

She said that measures announced during the visit show
India`s firm commitment towards fulfilling the provisions of
India-Bangladesh Joint Statement, January 2010.

Sharma was here with a strong business delegation.
During the visit India got further assurance on the use of
Chittagong and Mongola ports.
Sharma said that this would provide tremendous benefit
for trade and development of Bangladesh and the North-East of
India.
A railway link between Rohanpur and Singhabad to
facilitate transit traffic from Bangladesh to Nepal through
India and making the Akhoura-Agartala line operational were
finalised during Hasina`s visit to India in January last year.

PTI