Adventz Group’s Texmaco Rail & Engineering Ltd has been awarded a project worth Rs 200 crore to construct the 45-km-dual-gauge line between Agartala in Tripura and Akhaura, a sub-district of Chittagong in Bangladesh. This project is scheduled to be completed in 18 months.
Part of India’s $4.5 billion third line of credit extended to Bangladesh for its infrastructure and social sector development, the Agartala-Akhaura rail project will lend full connectivity from east to west of Bangladesh, apart from enabling trade relations and establishing people-to-people connect between the two neighbours. Once completed, the railway link is expected to cut the distance between Agartala and Kolkata by more than 1,000 km. Further, it will enhance India’s access to Chittagong port, considered to the heart of Bangladesh economy.
Texmaco’s EPC unit – Kalindee Railway Nirman (Engineers) Ltd – will execute the Agartala-Akhaura project. Last year, Bangladesh Railways awarded Kalindee the civil-and-track project in Kulaura-Shahbazpur Section. It includes rehabilitation of embankment, bridges, station buildings, platforms and sheds, level crossings and railway track, along with all associated work – supply of labour, materials, equipment, p-way tools and electrification work.
The Akhaura-Agartala Dual Gauge Railway Link will include construction of railway stations and associated work in cross-border areas of Karimganj district in Assam and Maulavibazar district in Bangladesh. Track-laying would be as per the high standards of railway construction specifications and with the ability to carry 25-tonne axle load to enable transportation of heavy goods and commodities between the countries.