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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.
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.
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 Bangladesh–Myanmar border for linking with Myanmar Railways as part of Trans-Asian Railway.
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.
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.
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.
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