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Tripura rail project overcomes land hurdle
 AGARTALA, Nov 25 – The fiasco over land acquisition for the ongoing rail track construction work in between Agartala and Udaipur has been solved, according to Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR).

 The land meant for the rail project has been acquired though there has been a minor problem at Brajapur and Kadamtala in Sipahijala district and this could not be negotiated shortly, said an official of the NFR here on Thursday last.

The ongoing railway project, the NFR sources claimed, would certainly gain momentum after the completion of the land acquisition process. “If everything falls in place, people of Udaipur would be able to see the rail head by December 2015”, said the NFR official.

The 44-km railway extension project has not yet gained momentum due to the problem of land acquisition. The Agartala-Udaipur rail extension project is scheduled to be completed by March 2012 and now the target has been rescheduled.

Besides, railway extension project up to Sabroom would be completed only by December, 2016 as the land acquisition has come up as a major hurdle.

As of now, around 90 per cent land acquisition has been done and only 10 per cent is left out. The remaining 10 per cent land could not be acquired without clearance from the Ministry of Forest and Environment.

NFR sources said, the railway extension track from Agartala to Sabroom would be Broad Gauge (BG) as decided by the higher ups.

Meanwhile, the mega block process for upgrading the existing rail connectivity is likely to start from October next year. During the process, the rail service would be stalled for around three to four months.

However, there is no further development in the Indo-Bangla rail connectivity since tender is yet to be floated. The proposed Agartala-Gangasagar rail project has been accepted by both sides after a joint study. This will also be BG to ensure better rail service between the two sides.

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