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Modernizing our railways

  • Published at 10:52 pm July 18th, 2019
Photo: BIGSTOCK
Photo: BIGSTOCK

The government’s vision to introduce electric, high-speed trains in the near-future will no doubt provide the economy with a huge boost

It is good to see Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina stress the need to repair and modernize the railway tracks and bridges in Bangladesh, recognizing that in addition to new coaches, locomotives, and engines, rail lines and bridges must be developed and modernized for the overall health of the railway sector.

Additionally, the government’s vision to introduce electric, high-speed trains in the near-future will no doubt provide the economy with a huge boost as it will, if successfully implemented, in addition to cutting down travel time between destinations for people and freeing our congested roads, also speed up transportation of goods within the country and create opportunities for more efficient business and trade.

Indeed, for a country such as Bangladesh, already among the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, investment into introducing electric trains will be an environmentally and economically sustainable approach to addressing the country’s connectivity issues, as most, if not all, of the country’s train engines currently operate on fossil fuels.

Of the many advancements Bangladesh continues to make as a nation -- with aspirations of double-digit GDP growth, shedding its LDC tag, and becoming a technologically advanced nation -- there is perhaps no sector more important to focus on than the country’s communication and connectivity.

To that end, the PM reiterating the importance of communication for development and, in extension, the role modernizing our railways will contribute towards our development, should serve as strong encouragement to all those who are stakeholders in the country’s transportation sectors to do their part.