Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha on Sunday claimed that the ‘Act East’ policy of the Narendra Modi government at the Center has brought big changes in the Northeast.
Saha said there has been a spurt in connectivity in the region in the last few years.
Saha said that when the meter gauge railway station at Dharmanagar in the North Tripura Fistrict was opened in the 1960s, the people of Tripura could not even dream that the train would reach from Agartala to Sabroom.
Notably the Prime Minister laid the foundation stone for the redevelopment work of 508 railway stations across the country through video conference on Sunday, including three railway stations in Agartala.
Saha said, “Today it has become a reality and train is running between Agartala and Sabroom and that too in broad gauge. Presently 10 to 12 express trains are coming to Agartala. This is possible only because of a visionary leader like Prime Minister Narendra Modi”
The chief minister said, “The Act East policy has brought about a big change in the Northeast as connectivity in the region has increased significantly since 2014. The chief ministers of the northeastern states has said during their conference that now the northeast has truly become a part of India”.
Saha said that the day is not far when the people of Tripura will reach Kolkata in 10 hours. The department is working on war footing to complete the work of Indo-Bangla (Agartala-Gangasagar) railway. The Indo-Bangla railway link is expected to be operational by the end of this year.
He informed that 91 stations in the Northeast would be redeveloped under the Amrit Bharat Station Project. Rs 96.60 crore will be spent on the modernization of three railway stations in Tripura – Udaipur, Dharmanagar and Kumarghat.