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Staff Correspondent
As part of ongoing development of the country’s railways, the government has taken initiatives to import 200 meter-gauge locomotives from China.
In this regard a contract between Bangladesh Railways and China’s CRRC Corporation Limited was signed at the Rail Bhaban in the capital on Sunday.
Railways Minister Mujibul Haque was present at the deal signing ceremony as the chief guest.
He said initiatives have been taken to develop the railways even further and it will be possible to serve more passengers through the railway once new locomotives are added to the fleet. “If the ongoing projects are implemented the railways will see a sea change,” the minister observed. Mrinal Kanti Banik, project director from Bangladesh Railways, and Chen
Jianpeng, vice-president of China CRRC Corporation Limited signed the agreement on behalf of their respective sides.
The total cost of the project is Tk 927.52 crore which will be collected through floating tenders, said official sources.
As per the agreement, the supplier company will deliver the required locomotives within 20 to 27 months.
Minister Mujibul Haque said, under the present government tenure, a total of 270 locomotives have already been added to the railways fleet. Now another 200 meter-gauge locomotives are coming. Apart from these, 50 broad-gauge locomotives will be imported from Indonesia at the end of this year (2018).
Besides, “for the Padma Bridge project, 100 meter-gauge locomotives will be procured from Korea” he said, adding that already 46 engines have been purchased while another 70 engines will be supplied by Korean Hyundai Company.
Railways secretary Md Mofazzal Hossain, director general of BR Md Kazi Rafiqul Alam, representatives from the supplier company, among others, were also present at the deal signing ceremony.