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Indo Bangla pact signed to upgrade Ashuganj- Akhaura road as 4 Lane highway

Improvement of Ashuganj Riverport-Sarai-Dharkar-Akhaura Landport road as 4 lane National Highway Project Collected

The Roads and Highways Department, or RHD, of Bangladesh signed a deal with an Indian company to upgrade the existing Ashuganj river port to Akhaura land port road into four-lane.

“The construction work of two packages will begin by February next following the deal,” said Roads and Highways Department Chief Engineer Ashraful Alam, told

The link will accelerate India’s end to end trade by using Ashuganj river port and Akhaura land port of Bangladesh. The 50.58km long link road will make easier travel in northeaster Indian cities, especially between Kolkata and Tripura’s capital Agartala.

The distance between Kolkata port to Ashuganj port is 750km, which takes seven days by waterways. However, the Ashuganj to Agortola link road is now on sorry state.

After finishing the “Improvement of Ashuganj River Port-Sarail-Darkhar-Akhaura Land Port Road as National Highway” project, journey between Kolkata and Agortola will become faster and smoother.

Indian trucks currently take around 30 days to meet the distance between the two Indian cities, and businesses spend around Rs4,500 as travel costs. Upgrading the road can promote safe and faster flow of traffic between the ports.

Bangladesh also charges tariff and fees for using Bangladesh’s river and land port as well water and roadways.

“As per the project  details, the four-lane road will be interlinked with the Asian Highways as well as the Chittagong sea port and improve transport connectivity between Dawki-Tamabil land port,” said Project Manager Shahrul Amin

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