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Minister: Estimated loss in railway for BNP-Jamaat arson terrorism 9C

  • ‘947.99 km of new rail lines constructed’
  • ‘Expenditure on railways in 2022–23 fiscal was  Tk3007 crore’
  • 99 railway projects taken up since 2009, says the minister
Update : 15 Feb 2024, 10:34 PM

Railways Minister Zillul Hakim on Thursday said that the estimated financial loss of the railways due to BNP-Jamaat arson terrorism on the eve of the 12th general elections was Tk9 crore.

“On the eve of the 12th National Elections, BNP, Jamaat, and their allies set fire to the train through arson attacks. According to the preliminary data, the estimated financial loss of the railway is Tk9.28 crore.

The minister said this while responding to a question from a ruling party lawmaker elected from Noakhali Morshed Alam on Thursday.

He said that 99 railway projects have been taken up since 2009.

He mentioned that some 947.99 km of new rail lines have been constructed in the last 12 years.

He also said that during this tenure, some 340.17 km of metre-gauge railway lines were converted to dual-gauge, while 1391.32 km of railway lines were rehabilitated or reconstructed.

The minister also said that 148 new station buildings have been constructed, 238 station buildings have been rehabilitated or reconstructed, 1062 new railway bridges have been constructed, 794 railway bridges have been rehabilitated or reconstructed, and the development and modernization of signaling systems at 137 stations have been done.

In response to the question of the Independent MP elected from Dhaka Muhammad Saiful Islam, Zillul Hakim said that the expenditure on railways in the last 2022–23 fiscal was Tk3,007 crore.

“At that time, the revenue of the railway was Tk 1,783 crores,” he said.


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