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Railways Minister: Dohazari-Ghumdhum rail line to connect China, Malaysia

  • Published at 10:56 pm January 27th, 2019
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The minister further informed that primary work on the feasibility study on a 'high-speed train' service on the Dhaka-Chattogram railway route has been already completed

Dohazari-Cox's Bazar-Ghumdhum rail line project will connect China, Malaysia and Thailand in future, said Railways Minister Md Nurul Islam Sujan.

"We're considering extending the Cox's Bazar-Ghumdhum-Myanmar railway project to China, Malaysia and Thailand in the future," he said while exchanging views with the high officials at the Railway East Zone headquarters on Sunday, reports UNB.

The minister further informed that primary work on the feasibility study on a 'high-speed train' service on the Dhaka-Chattogram railway route has been already completed. People can travel from the port city to Dhaka within 69 minutes with a short break while within 59 minutes without any break.

"Work on the feasibility study on the high-speed train service from Dhaka to Chattogram has started. I have already received the primary study report. This train will reach Chattogram from Dhaka via Narayanganj, Comilla and Feni," he said, adding that a special rail line will be set up for the purpose.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has taken up a number of plans which will be implemented by 2030 to bring back the tradition of railway, Sujan said. "That's why the internal railway communication system is being strengthened."

He further said work is on to revive the rail routes with India which were closed after the India-Pakistan war.

Replying to a query about the construction of a bridge over the Karnaphuli River at Boalkhali-Kalurghat, the minister said the proposal got stuck following a technical glitch.

Declaring that the problem will be resolved soon, Minister said. "We'll place it before the Prime Minister when she pays a visit to the Railway Ministry and we will work as per her directives."