In an interaction with the media at Sabroom last Thursday, Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) General Manager NK Prasad presciently observed that once rail connectivity is extended from Agartala to Sabroom, this border subdivision would emerge as the gateway to Southeast Asia.
Sabroom is Tripura’s southernmost border sub-division.
The NFR general manager added that India’s central government is prioritizing to the railway extension from Agartala to Sabroom as part of its "Act East Policy."
“We had a plan to connect Sabroom with Agartala by 2018, but could not do so due to the long monsoon. The ongoing railway expansion project should be completed by March, 2019,” said the NFR general manager.
Prasad was on a two-day visit to the state for reviewing the progress railway extension project up to Sabroom.
Subsequently, he met Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and Chief Secretary Sanjeev Ranjan to brief them about NFR’s revised plan for the railway extension.
The border sub-division Sabroom is located on the banks of River Feni which separates India and Bangladesh.
The distance between Sabroom and Chittagong port is 75 kilometres.