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Connecting the nation

  • Published at 04:50 pm April 26th, 2019

This will improve the overall quality of life of every Bangladeshi

There are tremendous benefits -- monetary and non-monetary -- to be derived from investing in the railway system connecting a nation. 

On that front, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurating the first non-stop intercity train service on the Dhaka-Rajshahi route should be welcome news, one that will hopefully serve as encouragement of similar initiatives moving forward.

The high-speed train -- which has 12 coaches -- will be running on the 343-kilometre route without any stoppage between Dhaka and Rajshahi, and cut down the travel time to four hours and 45 minutes.

A proper and efficiently functioning railway system will, in addition to giving the economy a boost by cutting down travel time between destinations, which helps transport both passengers and freight faster, also help reduce the untenable congestion on our national highways. 

Additionally, with Bangladesh already feeling the effects of climate change, and the need for environmentally sustainable practices a more pressing need than ever before, investment into a more efficient railway network is the most environmentally and economically sustainable approach to addressing the country’s connectivity issues. 

Not only that, both domestic and international tourism would get a boost, as tourists would no longer have to brave the traffic in order to visit different parts of the country, and this will also boost knowledge-sharing among the different regions, leading to more well-rounded, informative, and conscious citizens.

Ultimately, this will improve the overall quality of life of every Bangladeshi.

No nation can progress with sub-par connectivity, and there is hope that the government of Bangladesh realizes this, and continues to invest in the country’s railway system.