Double track railway from Bogra to Sirajganj under LoC soon
A new direct rail link from Bogura to Shahid M. Mansur Ali station, Sirajganj, will be developed under a Line of Credit (LoC) from India in an important step towards the modernization of the rail infrastructure of the Bangladesh.
The project aims to improve rail connectivity between Bangladesh and India. The funds will be disbursed through EXIM Bank of India.
As a first step, an agreement between Bangladesh Railway and an Indian consultant (JV of RITES Ltd. and Aarvee Associates) was signed on Monday.
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Minister of Railways Nurul Islam Sujan and Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram Doraiswami were present.
The signing ceremony took place at Rail Bhaban under the chairmanship of Railways Secretary Mohd Salim Reza.
Senior officials from Ministry of Railways, Bangladesh Railways, Indian High Commission, Dhaka, Exim Bank of India representative office in Dhaka, RITES Ltd. and Aarvee Associates Architects Engineers & Consultants Pvt. Ltd were also present.
The scope of consulting services includes updating the project feasibility study, detailed engineering design and drawings of all infrastructure including bridges, embankments, railways, stations, signage and all other facilities, road alignment, mathematical modeling, tendering services and construction supervision services.
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The physical execution of the project, when finalized, will include the construction of a double-track main line and loop lines from Bogra to Sirajganj, as well as the construction of stations, platforms, bridges, administrative facility. , the installation of lighting, aerial signaling structures, and the laying of the track.
When completed, this project would establish a shorter dual-track link between the western and northern parts of Bangladesh and the eastern and southern parts of the country, via the capital, Dhaka.
This new railway line will reduce the rail distance by about 112 km, saving a journey time of about 3 hours between Dhaka and the northern districts.
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It will also facilitate the continued operation of wide and metric gauge trains and provide fast and high quality passenger service.
As Bangladesh and India celebrate fifty memorable years of a relationship that today transcends strategic partnership, dignitaries attending the event reaffirmed the importance of strengthening bilateral relations through the development of modern infrastructure. greater connectivity between peoples, said India’s high commission. .