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PM for high-speed tourist train on Dhaka-Cox’s Bazar route

  • Published at 08:29 pm May 25th, 2019
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina flags off the Panchagarh Express train service through a videoconference call, from her official residence Ganabhaban, on Saturday, May 25, 2019 BSS

Bangladesh Railway gives video presentation showcasing their recent progress

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said her government could introduce a high-speed tourist train on the Dhaka-Cox’s Bazar route.

Sheikh Hasina said this at a launching of a new semi-nonstop intercity train service, the “Panchagarh Express,” on the Dhaka-Panchagarh route. The launching was by video conferencing from her official Ganabhaban residence on Saturday.

“We think we will be able to introduce a high-speed tourist train on the Dhaka-Cox’s Bazar route as a rail line is being installed on the Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar route,” she said.

Highlighting various steps her government has taken to expand the rail network across the country, the premier said a rail line is being put on the Padma Bridge and it will be extended up to Barisal, reports BSS.

In this context, she said the government plans to further expand the rail network from Barisal to Payra and from Panchagarh to Banglabandha.

"At the same time, the government has also taken necessary measures to connect the country with regional and Trans Asian Rail Networks," she added.

The prime minister described various steps her government has taken for the development of railways, saying: “Many new stations and new trains were introduced, and the signaling system was modernized, alongside the construction of 346km new rail lines across the country.”

Sheikh Hasina pointed out that her government put in a new ministry for the railways after coming to power in 2009, and undertook major steps for the development of the railways.

The premier has asked the authorities concerned to procure more modern passenger coaches and wagons for the Bangladesh Railway to meet the growing transportation demands of passengers and goods.

She also stressed the need for achieving capability of building our own modern wagons and coaches for which she advocated the need for modernization of the Railway Workshops.

Nowadays, people are more attracted to the railway as its network is being expanded across the country, she said.

The Prime Minister also directed the railway ministry to arrange the necessary training for their manpower to increase their professional skills.

The new train service, “Panchagarh Express,” will reach Dhaka's Kamalapur Rail Station from Panchagarh in seven hours, travelling 593km, and making stopovers at Thakurgaon, Dinajpur, Parbatipur, and Dhaka Airport Station. 

It will leave from Panchagarh at 1:15pm and reach Kamalapur Railway Station by 10:35pm, and will depart from Dhaka at 12:10am and arrive in Panchagarh at 9:40am.

Among others, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque, and Liberation War Affairs Minister A K M Mozammel Haque, were present on the dais.

Railways Minister Md Nurul Islam Sujan spoke at the program from Bir Muktijoddha Sirajul Islam Railway Station in Panchagarh by video conference.

Ministers, the prime minister's advisers, lawmakers, and high civil and military officials were present on the occasion.

Indonesian Ambassador in Dhaka, Rina P Soemarno, attended the program.

Prime minister's Principal Secretary, Md Nojibur Rahman, moderated the inaugural ceremony and the Secretary of Railways Ministry, Md Mozammel Hossain, gave a video presentation on the overall development of Bangladesh Railway.

The prime minister later talked to a cross section of people including public representatives, freedom fighters, government officials, students, teachers, and beneficiaries of the new train service.

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