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Hasina, Modi to inaugurate two rail projects on Monday

  • Published at 06:48 pm September 9th, 2018
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shake hands after their meeting on the sidelines of 4th Bimstec Summit in Nepal on Thursday, August 30, 2018 PID

These projects will be jointly funded by the two countries

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi will inaugurate the construction work of two railway projects through videoconferencing on Monday.

The two projects are – “Kulaura-Shahbajpur Section Rehabilitation of Bangladesh Railway” and “Akhaura-Agartala Dual-Gauge Rail Connectivity (Bangladesh part).”

They will be jointly funded by Bangladesh and India, according to an official press release issued on Sunday, reports BSS.

The Kulaura-Shahbajpur project will restore train link between the two countries as a part of the “Trans Asian Railway Network.”

About 53km dual-gauge rail lines, bridges and culverts, stations and infrastructures will be built and non-interlocked colour light signalling system will be set up under the project.

According to the release, the estimated cost of the project is a little over Tk678.5 crore. Of the total cost, Tk556 crore is LOC loan of Indian government while the Bangladesh government will give the rest.

Under the second project, around 10km dual-gauge rail lines, culverts, passenger platforms, platform shades, customs and immigration buildings and rest houses will be built with an estimated cost of a little over Tk240.9 crore.

This project will be implemented with the Indian grant, the release said.