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Bogura to Sirajganj Railway Connectivity

Dhaka, Delhi ink deal for seamless railway operation

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 28 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Dhaka, Delhi ink deal for seamless railway operation

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In a significant step towards further modernisation of Bangladesh’s railway infrastructure, and to further enhance railway connectivity within Bangladesh, a new direct rail link from Bogura to Sirajganj will be developed under a Government of India Line of Credit.

The funds will be disbursed through EXIM Bank of India, said the High Commission of India, Dhaka.

As a first step, an agreement between Bangladesh Railway and Indian consultant (JV of RITES Ltd. and Aarvee Associates) was signed in Dhaka on Monday in the presence of Md Nurul Islam Sujan, Minister of Railways, and Vikram Doraiswami, High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh.

The signing ceremony took place at Rail Bhaban, Bangladesh Railway, which was chaired by Secretary (Railway) Mohammad Salim Reza.

Senior officials from Bangladesh Ministry of Railway, Bangladesh Railway, High Commission of India, Dhaka, Exim Bank of India’s Dhaka Representative Office, RITES Ltd. and Aarvee Associates Architects Engineers & Consultants Pvt. Ltd. were also present on the occasion.

The scope of consultancy services includes updating the project feasibility study, detailed engineering design and drawings of all infrastructure including bridges, embankments, railway track, stations, signalling and all other facilities, route alignment, mathematical modelling, tendering services and construction supervision services.

The physical execution of the project, once finalised, will involve the construction of a dual gauge main line and loop lines from Bogura to Shahid M. Mansur Ali Station, Sirajganj, as well as construction of stations, platforms, bridges, an administrative facility, installation of lighting, overhead sign structures, and the laying of track.

When completed, this project would establish a shorter dual gauge link between the western and northern parts of Bangladesh and the eastern and southern parts of the country, via the capital city, Dhaka.

This new railway route will reduce the rail distance by about 112-km, thus saving travel time of about 3-hrs from Dhaka to the northern districts. It will also facilitate seamless operations of broad gauge and meter gauge trains and provide fast, high quality services to passengers.

As India-Bangladesh celebrate fifty momentous years of a relationship that today transcends strategic partnership, dignitaries present at this event reaffirmed the importance of strengthening the bilateral relationship and including through development of modern infrastructure of greater people-to-people connectivity.