Agartala: In order to connect Agartala with Akhaura (via Gangasagar) in Bangladesh, the Railway Ministry has sanctioned Rs 251 crore for laying 14 km long railway track, said the officials on Saturday.

Northeastern Frontier Railway (NFR) is likely to undertake work for laying tracks by October next year, Special Secretary to Transport department Kishore Ambuly said here.

While the Department of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Ministry would pay Rs 105 crore for construction of the rail link on the Indian side, the Ministry of External Affairs will provide Rs 146 crore to carry out the project on the Bangladesh side.

He said another round of joint survey would be conducted next month to officially notify the proposed alignment. Earlier, a joint team comprising representatives from both sides had conducted joint survey last November.

Sources in the NFR said the detailed project report was almost ready and would be submitted to Railway Ministry and Railway Board for final approval.

The railway extension work from Agartala to Udaipur in South Tripura district is expected to be completed by December 2012.

The conversion of broad gauge line from Lumding to Badarpur in Assam has already started and after that it would be extended to Agartala.

The NF railway is also conducting a survey to extend railways up to Sabroom, southern border town of Tripura for setting up connectivity with Chittagong Port in Bangladesh, which is just 70 km from there.