News List

Compiled features on recent developments in regional cooperation and integration in the SASEC region.

August 2023

Commentary: Is the Akhaura-Agartala Railway Capable of Becoming a Milestone in India-Bangladesh?

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to inaugurate the Akhaura-Agartala rail line in September 2023. The railway will reduce travel time between Agartala and Kolkata from 31 hours to 10 hours, opening up opportunities for trade, tourism, and cultural exchange.

Read More

Tags: India, Bangladesh, Rail, Transport, Rail Transport, Trade Facilitation

June 2023

India and Nepal Sign Cross-Border Energy, Trade and Transit Deals

India and Nepal have signed new agreements for hydropower, power trading, and trade and transit. India Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the announcement on 1 June 2023 during a visit to India by Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal.

Read More

Tags: India, Nepal, Hydropower, Trade, Rail Transport

May 2022

ADB VP Meets Bangladesh PM, Visits SASEC Chattogram–Cox's Bazar Railway Project

ADB Vice-President Shixin Chen visited the SASEC Chattogram–Cox's Bazar Railway Project and other ADB-assisted projects during a six-day visit to Bangladesh. Mr. Chen was in Dhaka to meet with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, during which he reaffirmed ADB's commitment to supporting rapid recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read More

Tags: Bangladesh, ADB, SASEC, Energy, Rail Transport

September 2021

Completion of Akhaura-Laksam Railway Section to Save Travel Time

A 23-kilometer double railway track from Cumilla to Laksam has been completed and is projected to save travel time on the track. Bangladesh Railway is set to open the line on 25 September 2021. The Dhaka-Chattogram railway corridor is a component of the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation corridor in Bangladesh.

Read More

Tags: ADB, Rail Transport, Bangladesh, SASEC

September 2021

Passenger Trains to Start Service Between Haldibari and Chilahati

Passenger train services between India and Bangladesh is set to begin soon through the Haldibari-Chilahati border route. This was announced by Mr. Toufique Hasan, Bangladesh’s Deputy High Commissioner in Kolkata, on 9 September 2020.

Read More

Tags: Rail Transport, India, COVID-19, Bangladesh