The project will be completed within 18 months
Bangladesh Railway on Tuesday signed an agreement with an Indo-Bangla joint venture company to construct a dual-gauge railway line between Pabna’s Ishwardi and Rooppur power plant, the country’s first nuclear plant.
The Tk297.55 crore project includes construction of a 26.52 km-long rail line, a 4.50km loop-line, a railway station, 13 level crossings and seven box culverts, along with purchase and establishment of a computer-based color light signaling system.
According to the contract, the project will be completed within 18 months.
Mojibur Rahman, general manager (West) of Bangladesh Railway, signed the deal on behalf of Bangladesh Railway at Rail Bhaban in Dhaka in presence of Railways Minister Md Mazibul Hoque.
Suvash Chandra Hawlader, managing director of Standard Engineers Ltd, signed on behalf of Indo-Bangla joint venture company – Standard Engineers Ltd – Castle Construction Ltd of Bangladesh, and GTP Infraprojects Ltd of India.
Minister Mazibul said: "For the construction of the Rooppur nuclear power plant, we will need to transport heavy machineries and instruments through a freight train. Hence, the construction of a new railway link is very important."
He added: "It will build a network between Rooppur power plant and Chittagong and Mongla sea ports, which will ease freight transportation."
He also said that the project would be implemented on priority basis following the order of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina under the direct surveillance of Prime Minister’s Office.
The Ministry of Science and Technology has initiated the project of constructing and renovating the railway tracks and the signaling system.
Mofazzel Hossain, secretary of Railway Ministry presided over signing the deal, with Director of Castle Construction Company Ltd (CCCL) Kazi Nabil Ahmed, and Director General of Bangladesh Railway Amzad Hossain present during the event.