Dhaka, Dec. 3 -- The rail network with the country's north-western region is likely to improve with speed, time and number of train operations in 2027.

With this end in view, the Bangladesh Railway (BR) has set a target to start building the 162-kilometre second dual-gauge track from Joydevpur to Iswardi by the end of 2024.

According to officials, the project, delayed by over five years, has made progress in finalising Japanese credit along with the approval of a technical assistance project proposal (TAPP) for design work.

The highest economic policy-making body ECNEC approved the TAPP on October 31 after the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) agreed to provide its loan into two parts - consultancy and construction.

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