Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, inaugurated the commencement of works for the Agartala-Akhaura rail project on Monday through video conferencing.

The railway project was agreed to when Sheikh Hasina visited Delhi in 2010 and it is expected to be operational in the next two years. It will aim to boost trade and connectivity between Bangladesh and the landlocked Northeast and will also reduce the travel time and distance between Kolkata and Agartala.

The 15.054 km long rail project in West Tripura is being constructed with an estimated expenditure of rupees 986 crores. It would connect Akhaura in Bangladesh with Tripura’s capital city Agartala through Nischintapur in the Indo-Bangla border.

Apart from this, two other projects were also inaugurated which include the power supply to Bangladesh from West Bengal and an inland waterways transport over River Feni.