Akhaura–Laksam–Chittagong line

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Akhaura–Laksam–Chittagong line
Overview
Status Operational
Locale Bangladesh
Termini Akhaura
Chittagong
Stations 39
Operation
Opening 1895–98
Owner Bangladesh Railway
Technical
No. of tracks 2/ 1
Track gauge 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) metre gauge

The Akhaura–Laksam–Chittagong line is a railway line connecting Akhaura and Chittagong, via Laksam in Bangladesh. There are branch lines from Laksam to Chandpur and Noakhali. This line is under the jurisdiction of Bangladesh Railway.

History[edit]

In response to the demand of the Assam tea planters for a railway link to Chittagong port, Assam Bengal Railway started construction of a railway track on the eastern side of Bengal in 1891. A 150-kilometre long (93 mi) track between Chittagong and Comilla was opened to traffic in 1895. The Comilla-Akhaura-Kalaura-Badarpur section was opened in 1896–1898 and finally extended to Lumding in 1903.[1][2][3]

Cox's Bazar and Gundum links[edit]

Construction of a railway track from Dohazari to Cox's Bazar has been initiated. Thereafter, it is proposed to be extended to Gundum on the BangladeshMyanmar border for linking with Myanmar Railways as part of Trans-Asian Railway.[4][5][6]

Agartala link[edit]

Indian Railways is constructing a 14-kilometre long (8.7 mi) track from Agartala to Akhaura junction through Gangasagar in Bangladesh opposite to Belabor-Gazaria area in south-west Agartala. Agartala is 1,650 km from Kolkata via Guwahati, whereas the distance between Agartala and Kolkata via Bangladesh is just about 500 km.[7][8]

Developments[edit]

Out of the total length of 321 kilometres (199 mi) between Dhaka and Chittagong, only 102 kilometres (63 mi) is double-track and non-contiguous. Efforts are on to make the entire length double-track.[9]

Trains[edit]

Fifteen trains leave Chittagong railway station everyday for different parts of the country: Paharika, Jalalabad and Udayan Express for Sylhet, Sagarika and Meghna for Chandpur, Karnaphuli, Dhaka Mail and Turna Nishita for Dhaka, Godhuli for Dhaka, Nasirabad for Bahadurabad, Dhaka mail for Dhaka, and Paharika and two shuttle trains for Chittagong University.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Quazi Abul Fida (2012). "Railway". In Sirajul Islam and Ahmed A. Jamal. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. 
  2. ^ "Report on the administration of North East India (1921–22)". p. 46. Google Books/ Mttal Publishers Distributors. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  3. ^ S.N.Singh, Amarendra Narain, Purnendu Kumar. "Socio Economic and Political Problems of Tea Garden Workers: A Study of Assam, Published 2006, ISBN 81-8324-098-4". p. 105. Mittal Publications, New Delhi. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Work begins on Bangladesh rail link". Democratic Voice of Burma. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Railway to link Cox Bazar". The Daily Star. 15 August 2010. Retrieved 23 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "Trans-Asian Railway project finally set to take off". The Daily Star. 7 February 2009. Retrieved 23 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Rail Link". The Telegraph. 8 May 2011. Retrieved 23 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "India approves new railway link with Bangladesh". Two Circles.net. Retrieved 23 December 2011. 
  9. ^ "Double Tracking Laksam to Chinki Astana". Dhaka-Chittagong Railway Development Project consulting service. 12 August 2008. Retrieved 23 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "Poor policing gives rise to robbery in trains". The Daily Star. 6 June 2007. Retrieved 23 December 2011. 

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