Union Minister Raosaheb Patil Danve proposed the development of a multimodal transport hub in Sabroom, South Tripura, which shares an international border with Bangladesh. According to him, the proposed project will be developed under the PM Gaati Shakti scheme and will feature rail, road, water, and air connectivity at Sabroom, which is only 70 kilometres from Bangladesh’s Chittagong port.
The scheme aims at boosting economic growth through infrastructure building. Danve, the minister of state for railways, made the announcement during his three-day visit to the northeastern state to review the progress of various projects of the national transporter. The Ministry of Railways has been working on setting up a multimodal transport hub at Sabroom and it will benefit Tripura immensely, he told reporters here. The proposed multimodal transport hub will reduce the travelling time between West Bengal’s Kolkata and Agartala drastically.
“Currently, a truck from Kolkata takes around 38 hours to reach Agartala, while it will be a 16-hour journey via Chittagong port if the new plan is executed,” the minister said. Once the transport hub is ready, it will be handed over to the Land Ports Authority of India for operation and maintenance, he mentioned.