PM Narendra Modi and Bangladeshi Sheikh Hasina jointly inaugurate three Indian-assist development projects via video conferencing. The three projects are the Akhaura Agartala Cross Border Rail Link, Khulna Mongla Port Rail Line and Unit – II of the Maitree Super Thermal Power Plant in Rampal, Bangladesh.
The inauguration of rail and power sector projects between India and Bangladesh lay focus on strengthen ties and partnership between two countries.
PM Sheikh Hasina said :
The Akhaura-Agartala Cross-Border Rail Link project has execute under a Government of India grant assistance of Rs 392.52 crore extend to Bangladesh.
The length of the rail link is 12.24 km with a 6.78 km Dual Gauge rail line in Bangladesh and 5.46 km in Tripura.
The Khulna-Mongla Port Rail Line Project has implement under the Government of India’s concessional Line of Credit with a total project cost of USD 388.92 million.
This project entails the construction of approximately 65 km of broad gauge rail route between Mongla Port and the existing rail network in Khulna.
Mongla, the second largest port of Bangladesh, gets connect with the broad-gauge railway network.
The Maitree Super Thermal Power Project, under an Indian Concessional Financing Scheme loan of 1.6 billion US dollars, is a 1320 MW Super Thermal Power Plant locate in Rampal in Khulna Division of Bangladesh.
This project has implement by the Bangladesh-India Friendship Power Company Limited which is a 50:50 Joint Venture company between India’s NTPC Ltd and Bangladesh Power Development Board.
These projects will strengthen connectivity and energy security in the region.
During the inauguration ceremony, Sheikh Hasina also extend greetings to Prime Minister Modi and the people of India in advance of Diwali.
Sheikh Hasina said :
Bangladesh-India Friendship Dialogue has serve as a critical platform for strengthening bilateral relations between the two nations.
Earlier in March 2023, PM Modi and Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina inaugurate the India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline, a cross-border energy pipeline, built at an estimate cost of Rs 377 crore, of which the Bangladesh portion of the pipeline was built at a cost of approx. Rs 285 crore, which has borne by the Government of India under grant assistance, read Prime Minister’s Office press release.
The Pipeline has the capacity to transport 1 Million Metric Ton Per Annum (MMTPA) of High-Speed Diesel (HSD).
It will supply High-Speed Diesel initially to seven districts in northern Bangladesh.
The operation of India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline will put in place a sustainable, reliable, cost-effective and environment-friendly mode of transporting HSD from India to Bangladesh.