The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) has stopped construction of two modern railway stations, including a railway bridge under construction on the Brahmanbaria Kasba section of the Dhaka-Chittagong railway, within 150 yards of the Indo-Bangladesh border.
As a result, the government’s development-oriented dual gauge railway project has been closed for the last one year. Local residents have expressed anger over the incident. However, those concerned say that the two countries are discussing this at a high level. They are hoping that the problem will be solved soon.
It is learned that the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) has stopped work on the Kasba railway station, a newly constructed railway bridge over the Salda river and the Saldandi railway station under construction of the extended dual gauge railway project in Kasba upazila of Brahmanbaria on the Dhaka-Chittagong railway line. The BSF issued a warning by erecting a red flag on the side of the railway line demanding 150 yards from the Indo-Bangladesh border. Due to which the work of the project has been stopped for the last one year. This has resulted in loss of valuable construction materials related to the project.
The locals expressed their anger over the incident. They say that trains have been running on this railway since the British rule. The new BSF’s obstruction is unreasonable. They demanded immediate solution to the problem and speedy construction of important installations.
Salda river resident said. Jahangir Alam said the BSF had asked the BGB to stop work as it was within 150 yards of India’s Zero Line. If this work is done quickly, it will be beneficial for all for our country. We demand that this work be done quickly.
Another resident, Mostafa Kamal, said the BSF had stopped the work because of the Nomans Land Act, as the area was within 150 yards of the border. We want the closure of Bangladesh Railway to start very soon. The government should take that action.
According to the engineer of the bridge department of the company under construction, the construction work of the facilities has been stopped for the last one year due to the obstruction of the Indian Border Security Force (BSF). However, officials involved in the project said that the matter is being discussed through the Ministry of Railways and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Tama Construction Limited, Assistant Engineer, Bridge Department. Rafiqul Islam said, “Our Kasba station, Salda river bridge and Salda river station have been closed for almost a year. The installations including bridges have fallen within 150 yards of the Bangladesh-India border. That is why we have asked BSF and BGB to stop these activities.
Naeem Ahmed Khan, coordinator of the Akhaura Laksam Double Line project, said that the work on the Salda river station, which was closed, was in the process of being resolved by the Ministry of Railways and the Ministry of External Affairs. It is hoped that this issue will be resolved soon. Work will start again.
Meanwhile, on his way to Agartala, the capital of Tripura state, Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Vikram Dora Iswami said that senior officials of the two countries’ border guards would sit at the negotiating table and resolve the problems along the railway line. If all goes well, the 48 km dual gauge project from Comilla to Akhaura will be completed in June 2023.