AGARTALA, Feb 12 - Three days after adding Belonia to the country’s BG rail network, the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has set the target to take the BG railhead to Sabroom by March.
NFR officials are making all-out efforts to achieve the target of extending the BG railhead to the State’s southern-most border town.
NFR General Manager (GM), Construction, MK Prasad – accompanied by Chief Administrative Officer, Construction-I, AK Yadav, and Chief Engineer (Construction) SP Singh – has carried out an inspection of the rail tracks from Belonia to Sabroom via Jolaibari.
During the inspection, the GM pointed out some “minor problems” on the tracks and asked the officials to undertake corrective measures to speed up the track laying works.
The GM-headed team also inspected the Sabroom Railway Station, which has four tracks. The Sabroom station has been built to facilitate the much-awaited connectivity to Bangladesh through the Maitri Setu being constructed on the Feni river.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his recent visit to the State, stated that Tripura (Sabroom) could be the commercial hub of the North East after the Maitri Setu connecting the two sides of the international border was constructed.
NFR sources said that the target to complete the track laying works up to Sabroom has been fixed till March, 2019. “We want to conduct a CRS inspection in March next to meet the deadline. Before that, trolley runs will be conducted from Belonia to Sabroom,” said an NFR official today.
An amount of Rs 1,100 crore will be spent to extend the BG railway network to Sabroom and there is no dearth of funds to complete the project, he pointed out.