Dhaka: Several new initiatives have been taken to develop Bangladesh-India rail connectivity. During the visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Delhi, both sides gave a joint consent in this regard.
According to the joint agreement, the new initiatives taken to develop the Bangladesh-India rail link include:
1. Kaunia-Lalmonirhat-Mogalghat-New Gitaldah Rail Link.
2. Construction of rail link between Healy and Birampur.
3. Upgradation of Benapole-Jesore railway track and signaling system and railway station.
4. Re-establishment of rail link between Burimari and Changrabandha.
5. Construction of a container depot at Sirajganj etc.
Considering the importance of these projects, Bangladesh and India have agreed to ensure financing of the projects through multiple financial action plans under bilateral development cooperation.
Besides, India has promised to give 20 broad gauge diesel locomotives to Bangladesh as a grant at the request of Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, ongoing bilateral initiatives regarding the railway sector have been evaluated. These initiatives include,
1. Conversion of Tongi-Akhaura line to dual gauge.
2. Supply of Railway Rolling Stock to Bangladesh Railways.
3. Capacity building of Bangladesh Railway staff through reputed training institutes of Indian Railways.
4. Providing IT related support to ensure the improvement of services of Bangladesh Railways.
A private meeting between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was held in Delhi on Tuesday (September 6). At the end of the meeting, the Prime Ministers of the two countries announced the signing of 7 MoUs as well as the inauguration of 5 projects.
It may be noted that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina went to Delhi on Monday (05 September) on a four-day state visit at the invitation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Bangladesh Time: 1224 hours, September 08, 2022
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