The Dominican Republic's regional development council (CRD) has urged President Leonel Fernandez to seek an agreement with the Indian government to build an international railway linking the country with neighboring Haiti.
CRD suggests India has the means to finance, build and manage the line, which it sees as essential to increasing trade with Haiti, Puerto Rico and other countries in the region, local paper Hoy reported.
Studies for the railway have been completed and were given to the Indian government several years ago, CRD said in its request, asking Fernandez to make the railway part of official talks during his visit to India in early February.
The proposed project includes linking existing railway line in the south and east of the Dominican Republic as well as Santo Domingo with the new railway, which would run along the northern part of the country, eventually linking to neighboring Haiti.
Plans also include modernizing existing southern and eastern rail lines and building a new line in the south that would connect Port-au-Prince with port terminals in San Soucci, Haina and Punta Caucedo, the paper said.