The NFR, which has already connected Assam’s main city to Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh’s capital cities, is laying tracks to connect the capital cities of three more north-eastern states — Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland – by March 2023.
The NFR, one among the 17 railway zones in India, operates fully and partially in six of the eight north-eastern states. The Agartala-Akhaura railway line would facilitate ferrying of goods to and from both the countries and greatly benefit India’s land-locked north-eastern states.
The Rs 972-crore project was finalised in January 2010 when Bangladesh premier Sheikh Hasina met the then Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during her visit to New Delhi.
The Indian Railway Construction company on behalf of the NFR was carrying out the construction work of the project. There would be 14 tunnels and 13 bridges in the 44.96-km section while five stations – Sivoke, Riyang, Teesta Bazar, Melli and Rangpo – would be constructed.