Railway Minister Nurul Islam Sujan said on Friday that construction work on a separate rail bridge over the Jamuna river will begin this year.
“Train is now being operated on the Bangabandhu Bridge through one line. We would like to construct a separate rail bridge over the Jamuna river,” he said.The minister expressed the hope while addressing a discussion programme at a hotel in the capital, marking the first founding anniversary of the Buddhist Association of Bangladesh.
He further said that all the feasibility studies have been completed on construction of the double-line dual-gauge bridge.
The government wants to build a strong railway communications system through connecting 15 more districts to the network.
“Now 44 districts are in the railway communications network but we want to expand it,” he said.
“Hi-speed rail line will be constructed on Dhaka-Chattogram route and a feasibility study is going on. The rail line will be converted into a dual-gauge one,” he said.
The minister also said that under a new mega project, a rail line will be constructed from Dhaka to Jessore via Padma Bridge.“Apart from this, a rail line will be built from Payra port in Patuakhali to Faridpur and Dhaka. At the same time, Chittagong port will be connected with Dhaka also. Besides, rail connectivity will be expanded from Chittagong to Ramu via Cox’s Bazar and Ramu to Myanmar border,” he said.
Earlier, a building of the Buddhist Association was inaugurated by lawmaker Saber Hossain Chowdhury.
Rinku Kumar Barua presided over the discussion, Canadian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Benoit Préfontaine and Ambassador of Vietnam to Dhaka Tran Van Khoa, among others, also addressed the programme.