v The Agartala-Akhaura rail link project has been inaugurated.
v It is a 12.24 rail link between Agartala in Tripura and Akhaura in Bangladesh.
v It will connect Tripura to Kolkata through Bangladesh.
v In 2010, Bangladesh and India signed an MoU to start the first Indo-Bangla railway project.
Akhaura used to be the railway link for Agartala during the colonial era.
Benefits of Indo-Bangla Rail Link
v Provides direct access between the NE of India with the Chittagong port of Bangladesh.
v The travel time between Kolkata and Tripura via Dhaka will be reduced.
v Boosts the bilateral relations and promote tourism, trade, and cultural exchange.
v Boosts the growth of small-scale industries of the NE region.
v Helps the local producers to export their products outside the country faster.
v Reduces the dependence on the strategic Siliguri Corridor.
Siliguri Corridor (Chicken's Neck)
It is a 22km (14-mile) stretch that connects the Indian mainland with its north-eastern states.
The NE states of India are only accessible through this narrow strip of land in West Bengal.
India has 15,106.7 Km of land border and a coastline of 7,516.6 Km, including island territories.
The Indian States of West Bengal, Meghalaya, Assam, Tripura, and Mizoram share boundaries with Bangladesh.