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BGMEA calls for speeding up railway projects

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 13 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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BGMEA calls for speeding up railway projects

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) president Faruque Hassan urged the government to speed up implementation of the ongoing railway development projects to enhance trade.

The demand for upgrading railway connectivity across the country has risen as the economy of Bangladesh is growing, he said.

BGMEA’s demands include building new railway tracks, upgrading single line to double track, and conversion of the existing rail lines into dual gauge. It said the completion of double-track lines will reduce the travel time on the rail route.

He also requested the railways ministry to increase the number of trains on Dhaka-Chattogram route, especially freight trains to facilitate transportation of more export-import cargoes.

The call was made when a BGMEA delegation led by Faruque Hassan met Railways Minister Md Nurul Islam Sujan at Railway Bhaban in Dhaka on Tuesday, says a release.

BGMEA leaders requested the railways minister to launch a special DEMU train service in Dhaka-Shreepur route for easy communication of workers, employees and owners of garment and textile factories.

They also called for implementation of the inland container depot (ICD) project in Gazipur's Dhirashram area. They said the ICD near Dhirasram Railway station will help cater to the rapid growth in container transport. 

The BGMEA president stressed on constructing an ICD on the western bank of the River Jamuna under Sirajganj district, saying it would facilitate transportation of raw materials of RMG and essential commodities from India.

Railways Secretary Md Humayun Kabir was present at the meeting. The BGMEA delegation included vice-president Miran Ali, directors Asif Ashraf and Barrister Vidiya Amrit Khan.