State Forest Minister Naresh Jamataia told reporters that the Ministry of Environment and Forests has cleared the plea of de-notifying 12.4 km of forest land area in Trishna wildlife sanctuary in South Tripura district following a request from the state government to push railway extension work from Udaipur to Sabroom.

"Based on the approval of MoEF, the Cabinet has cleared the proposal for de-notifying the plots in its last sitting removing a major obstacle for the railway extension work upto Sabroom", he said.

The 70 km railway extension work from Udaipur to Sabroom is scheduled to be completed by 2018 while 44 km extension work from Agartala to Udaipur is scheduled to be completed by March 2016.

The entire 70-km stretch would be constructed in broad-gauge format.

Northeast Frontier Railway General Manager (Construction) Rajesh Kumar Singh met Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and Transport Minister Manik Dey recently to brief them about the railway extension plan in Tripura.

Special focus would be given on broad gauge conversion work from Lumding to Silchar segment, a Railway official said.

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