The Indian Railways are working on connecting capitals of all eight northeastern states and also executing a project to link up with Bangladesh`s railway networks to facilitate communication with other parts of India via the neighbouring country.
India's Railways Minister Piyush Goyal said on Friday, reported Zee news India.
With the Centre`s focus on all-round development of the region through better linkages, the Northeast Frontier Railways (NFR) had already connected Assam`s main city of Guwahati (adjoining capital Dispur), Tripura`s capital Agartala and Arunachal Pradesh`s Itanagar.
"A 12-km-long Agartala-Akhaura (Bangladesh) railway project is now under execution to link Tripura`s railway network with Bangladesh`s railway network. Once the project completed, the distance between Tripura and Kolkata would be reduced by 1,100 km," he said.
Addressing the foundation-laying ceremony of the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in southern Tripura from New Delhi through video conferencing, Goyal, who is also the Commerce and Industry Minister, said that as part of the initiative towards "Atmanirbhar Bharat", a new item would be chosen in each district and would be developed with all out efforts before being marketed in India and abroad.