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Zahid Hossain Biplob
The long-cherished dream of the people in Pabna is going to come true when a train service on the newly-built rail line in the district begins on July 14.
A festive mood is now prevailing among local residents as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to formally inaugurate the operation of a train on the rail track.
The PM will inaugurate the train service before the public rally at Pabna Police line ground.
Connecting Pabna with the railway network was part of the government’s master plan to establish the rail links of 15 districts with the capital.
As many as 44 districts have so far been brought under the railway network.
According to BR officials, Pabna enjoyed train service since the then British rulers connected East Bengal and West Bengal with railway over the mighty Padma through Hardinge Bridge in early 1915.
But unfortunately, the district headquarters did not get train service. However, the rail line was connected to Ishwardi, Chatmohar and Vangura upazilas.
Bangladesh Railway in November 6, 2012 signed a deal with Max Automobile Product Ltd to set up a 78-kilometre new rail line from Ishwardi to Dhalaichar via Pabna town.
The new track has linked Pabna district with the country’s railway network.
Max Automobile Product Ltd has also installed a four-kilometre loop-line and some level-crossing gates.
The railway authorities acquired 390 acres of land for the new track.
Project Director Asadul Haque on Monday told Bangladesh Post that the Tk 1,436 crore project, which was undertaken to take the country`s communication system to the world standard, is now waiting for inauguration.
The rail line was built with intent to establish a new rail route linking Ishwardi, Majgram, Dhalarchar, Rajbari, Faridpur, Bhanga, and the proposed second Padma bridge connecting Paturia and Daulatdia.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the railway project on February 2, 2013 in the public meeting of Pabna Government Edward College ground.