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Indian rail link from Southeast Asia to Europe via Iran soon

New Delhi, July 1, IRNA - Within the next few years, travelers from India will have the option of going to places like Singapore, Bangkok, Yangon, Tehran and even cities in Turkey by train, giving airlines a run for their money.

Travel by train to these cities is set to become reality with the proposed revival of the Trans Asian Railway, for which an agreement was signed by Indian Railway Board Chairman J P Batra in New York, PTI said.

The agreement was initialled on Friday by major Asian states under the aegis of the United Nations. With Bangladesh and India entering the fold, the number of countries that have become signatories to the revival of the Trans Asian Railway has risen to 20.

Earlier, 18 countries signed the agreement at Busan in South Korea in November 2006.

The southern corridor of the proposed Asian rail network will link China's historic Kunming province, bordering Vietnam, with Kapikule in Bulgaria in the European peninsula via a 11,460-km line.

The cities to be linked include Bangkok in Thailand and idyllic towns of Myanmar, Bangladesh, India, Iran and Turkey, giving Indian families a wide variety of holiday locales to pick from.

The long train corridor will be designed in such a manner that it will hook up with existing trunk routes of participating countries, giving travelers a wide choice of places to break their journey.

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