Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday put emphasis on repairing the old railway bridges across the country as the government is planning to introduce high-speed trains for better service.
“Railway bridges and railway tracks must be repaired and modernized so that high-speed trains can run on it smoothly,” she said.The premier came up with the remarks while inaugurating Benapole Express which will ply between Dhaka and Benapole. She also inaugurated extension service of Dhaka-Rajshahi nonstop intercity train Banalata Express.
Sheikh Hasina also emphasized modernization of railways and training of its employees for efficient driving of modern locomotive.
What we need to do the old railway bridges to be rebuilt. It is because, high-speed trains are being added. Modern engines will also be added. So, skilled manpower should be made and they must be provided training, she said.
Mentioning cheap rate in transporting goods, Sheikh Hasina said railways is very important for us.
Unfortunately, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) wanted to stop the service and they did it too. After assuming office, we have made separate ministry so that people can get the service, she said.
Our target is to make railways modernized and take its service to the people, she added.Earlier, the premier flagged off ‘Benapole Express’ intercity train on Dhaka-Benapole route directly through videoconferencing from her official residence at Ganabhaban.
The Benapole Express, having 896 seats in 12 compartments, will have stopovers in Ishwardi, Jashore and Dhaka Airport stations.
The train will leave Benapole at 1:00am and reach Dhaka at 9:00pm. On the other hand, it will depart Dhaka for Beanpole at 12:40am and reach the destination at 8:45 am.
The ticket price for the train has been fixed at Tk 534 for Shovan chair, Tk1,013 for air-conditioned chair, Tk1,213 for air-conditioned seats each and Tk 1,869 for air-conditioned cabins.
The train’s coaches have been procured from Indonesia. People will be able to avail themselves of the train service during the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha.
The train will reduce the existing travel time by one hour and 15 minutes, helping the Bangladesh Railway earn Tk 34 crore annually.
Railways Minister Nurul Islam Sujan and ADB Country Director Manmohan Parkash were also present at Ganabhaban.