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PM opens Tongi-Bhairab double-track railway

Update : 25 Feb 2016, 08:23 PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday inaugurated the 64km Tongi-Bhairab Bazar double-track railway on Dhaka-Chittagong route.

She opened it through a video conference from Gonobhaban, her official residence.

The rail track is expected to reduce the travel time between Dhaka and Chittagong by at least an hour and a half.

Trains will run at a speed of 100 kilometres per hour on the track. A train journey between Dhaka and Chittagong currently takes around six hours, but the new track will cut it to four and a half hours.

Railways Minister Mazibul Hoque joined the prime minister on the video conference from Bhairab.

While inaugurating the rail track, Hasina directed the railways minister to establish train communications with Payra port and the southern region, including Barisal.

Mazibul informed the premier that bus and train services would be introduced on the Padma bridge at the same time.

He said: “The railway has already taken two projects - one involves Dhaka and Mawa, and another Faridpur and Zajira - which will connect at the Padma bridge. This route will be extended in the future to connect Payra port and Barisal.”

At present, the Dhaka-Chittagong route is capable to operate 44 trains and the number will jump to 84 after the opening of the new track.

The Tongi-Bhairab Bazar double-track project was approved by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council in September 2006 at a cost of Tk2,113 crore. Of the amount, Asian Development Bank gave Tk1,824 crore and the rest came from the national exchequer.

The tender of the project was floated in September 2010 while the deal for construction was signed with China Railway Group Ltd in July 2011. 

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