GUWAHATI, India – India's northeast could get rail connectivity with bordering Bangladesh, Nepal, Burma and Bhutan in an effort to improve bilateral trade, development and tourism in the area, IANS reported Monday (July 9th).
The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) submitted a survey report to the Railway Board to connect Bihar and West Bengal with the surrounding countries.
The proposed rail lines include Jogbani in Bihar to Biratnagar in Nepal, New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal to Kakarbhitta in Nepal, Hasimara in West Bengal to Phuentsholing in Bhutan and Pathsala in Assam to Namlang in Bhutan.
The other proposed rail links are Rangia in Assam to Samdrup Jongkhar in Bhutan, Banarhat in West Bengal to Samtse in Bhutan, Agartala in Tripura to Akhaura in Bangladesh and Kokrajhar in Assam to Geleka in Bhutan.
A senior NFR official told IANS that Rs 4.93 billion ($89.1m) has already been allocated for projects between Jagboni to Biratnagar and Agartala to Akhaura.