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On the right track

Currently, there is no direct railway between the two districts, even though the distance between the two is a mere 72km

Update : 24 Feb 2024, 12:29 PM

Five and a half years after the approval of the project, the Bogra district administration has finally started acquiring land for a rail line project that aims to connect the region with Sirajganj. Aside from making travel in the northern districts much easier, this also indicates that the authorities are taking the idea of decentralized travel seriously, and the monopoly of bus routes with Dhaka as their central hub is finally going to be broken. 
 
Currently, there is no direct railway between the two districts, even though the distance between the two is a mere 72km. This necessitates the utilization of a roundabout route that adds around 50km to the whole journey. Furthermore, this is not restricted to these two regions alone. Many of our districts have to go through such detours due to infrastructural issues or lack of routes.

As a matter of fact, a major objective which the Padma bridge aimed to address was efficiently linking the southwest to the northern and eastern regions of the country. As such, any initiative that seeks to build on that can only mean good things. 
 
Of course, we need to focus on building train routes like this throughout the country. Trains are one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways of travel for the general public. Better connectivity would also help to develop the disparate districts of the country, as better connectivity leads to shared prosperity and economic growth.
 
As such, a comprehensive assessment of the entire country must be undertaken. Potential areas where train lines can be constructed need to be identified. A national level panel can also be considered in order to introduce some synergy between these projects as well. 
 
From laying the tracks towards a decentralized Bangladesh to just making travel easier, train routes offer immense potential.

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