Narendra Modi and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday jointly inaugurated the Akhaura-Agartala Cross-Border Rail Link, Khulna-Mongla Port Rail Line and Bangladesh Inaugurated Unit 2 of Maitri Super Thermal Power Plant at K Rampal. All these three development projects have been completed with the help of India.
The Prime Ministers of both the countries described the launch of the Akhaura-Agartala cross-border rail link as historic and an opportunity to reach new heights in mutual relations.
While launching the three projects through video conferencing, PM Modi said, “It is a matter of pleasure that once again we have come together to celebrate the success of India-Bangladesh cooperation and our relations continue to reach new heights. ” He said that the work that both the countries have done together during the last 9 years was not done in many decades before this.
The Prime Minister said, “Our mutual trade has tripled in the last nine years… Today, the inauguration of the Akhaura-Agartala rail link is a historic moment… It is the first rail link between Bangladesh and the North Eastern states of India. Tripura has had strong relations with Bangladesh since the days of the liberation war.”
PM Modi has also shared the video of this program on his social media account.
The international immigration center of the Agartala-Akhaura railway link will be set up at Nischintapur, which is India’s last railway station on the India-Bangladesh border.
There is an 856 km long international border between Tripura and Bangladesh. The Agartala-Akhaura cross border rail link is expected to boost cross-border trade and also significantly reduce travel time between Agartala and Kolkata via Dhaka.
Apart from the international rail link, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sheikh Hasina also inaugurated the 65 km long Khulna-Mongla port rail line project and the second unit of ‘Maitri Super Thermal Power Plant’ built with Indian collaboration at Rampal in Bangladesh.