Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina inaugurates Indian LOC funded part of Joydebpur-Tongi rail line

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On 10 February, Bangladesh Prime MinisterSheikh Hasina opened traffic operations on the rail line between Joydebpur and Tongi.

An overview of the news

  • This is the initial section of the Dhaka-Tongi-Joydebpur rail line project, funded under a concessional line of credit provided by India.

  • It is a 'testimony of the strong and abiding friendship' between the two countries.

  • Operation of more trains will be possible on this section of 11 kilometre long double line rail route from Tongi to Joydebpur.

  • Acting High Commissioner of India Binoy George was also present on the occasion.

  • Hasina also inaugurated a total of 69.20 km of rail lines under three projects, including the operation of trains on Rooppur and Shasidal routes of Bangladesh Railway.

  • The Rooppur section of the railway will facilitate transportation of goods and equipment to the Rooppur Atomic Power Plant.

Joydebpur-Tongi rail line Project

  • Bangladesh Railways (BR) launched the project in November 2012 to improve the capacity of a vital section connecting the capital with most of the country's rail network.

  • The project, aimed at building the third and fourth dual-gauge railway lines on the Dhaka-Tongi route and the second dual-gauge line on the Tongi-Joydebpur route, is expected to cost Tk 848.60 crore.

  • The 11.09 km Tongi-Joydebpur section, which connects the capital to the North-Western region, is a dual-gauge single line with a capacity to handle 44 trains per day.

Rail Links Between India and Bangladesh

  • Agartala (India)- Akahaura (Bangladesh)

  • Radhikapur (India)-Birol (Bangladesh)

  • Haldibari (India)-Chilahati (Bangladesh)

  • Singhabad (India)-Rohanpur (Bangladesh)

  • Petrapole (India)-Benapole (Bangladesh)

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