Agartala to Akhaura (15 Km) project has been sanctioned for providing additional rail connectivity between India & Bangladesh with funding of Indian portion of project (5 Km) by Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) and of the Bangladesh portion (10 Km) by Ministry of External Affairs. The present cost of this project is Rs 967.85 crores with cost of Bangladesh portion as Rs 387.85 crores and Indian portion as Rs 580.00 crores. As per the MoU signed between Government of India and Government of Bangladesh, Indian Railways is responsible for the construction of the Indian portion and Bangladesh Railway is responsible for the construction of the Bangladesh portion of the project. Execution of Indian portion of the project has been entrusted to IRCON. This line will cater to passengers as well as goods traffic.
Two projects for Indo-Nepal connectivity have been taken up. The status of these two projects is as detailed below:-
(i) Jogbani-Biratnagar (Nepal)(18.60 Km) new line project:- This project taken up at an anticipated cost of Rs 407 crore is being funded by Ministry of External Affairs. 5.45 Km length falls in India & 13.60 km falls in Nepal. Land for the entire project, except for a length of about 1.8 Km falling in Nepal, has been acquired and earthwork, bridge works etc. taken up.
(ii) Jaynagar-Bijalpura gauge conversion & its extension up to Bardibas (69 Km):- This project taken up at an anticipated cost of Rs 540 crore is being funded by Ministry of External Affairs. 3 Km length falls in India & 66 km falls in Nepal. Final location Survey has been completed. Land plans for Indian portion has been submitted to the State Government. In Nepal portion, land has been handed over in 47 km. in patches. Earthwork & bridgework have been taken up in the stretches where land is available.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on 18.12.2015