AGARTAL: Tripura is set to get a double line rail link to Lumding in Assam and a multimodal transport hub.
Union Minister for Railways, Coal and Mines Raosaheb Danve on Friday announced the ambitious plans during his three-day visit to Tripura.
Both projects are in their early stages, he said, adding that the central government wants to turn the northeast into a logistics infrastructure hub.
Addressing a press conference in Agartala, the minister said: “A multimodal transport hub is proposed in Sabroom, a city that shares borders with Bangladesh. The Maitri Bridge is being built there and plans are underway to turn the city into a hub of connectivity. The concept means that the proposed location (Sabroom) will be connected by multiple means of transport such as railway, waterway and existing road transport”.
He said: “I carried out an inspection visit to the Agartala-Sabroom (South District) railway line. It shares the international border with Bangladesh. Progress in the construction of infrastructure is satisfactory and its geographical proximity to the port of Chittagong makes it an additional asset for good transport. We will set up a multimodal transport hub in the coming days in consultation with Bangladesh.
The minister further said that survey works will soon be initiated to convert the existing single line between Agartala and Lumding into a double line road.
According to officials, the department would check the feasibility of converting the existing line otherwise new tracks would be laid for this purpose.
“I spoke to the chief minister. He is very eager for projects. He also requested an Agartala-Mumbai train. The matter is under consideration,” the minister said.