India hands over 10 diesel engines to Bangladesh strengthening bilateral relations

India hands over 10 diesel engines to Bangladesh strengthening bilateral relations

10 broad gauge diesel engines that have been dispatched are in the WDM3D category and are 3300 horsepower, which can run at a speed of 120 km / h. The age of these engines is around 28 years.

New Delhi: India today handed over 10 broad gauge diesel engines manufactured in India in order to carry forward bilateral cooperation in the infrastructure sector with Bangladesh.

In an event organised through video conferencing at the Ministry of External Affairs, these engines were flagged off from Gede station in Sealdah division of Eastern Railway to Darshana station in Bangladesh. Foreign Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar, Minister of Railways, Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal, Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi were present here in New Delhi. In Bangladesh, Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momin and Railway Minister Noorul Islam Suzon and High Commissioner of India Mrs. Reva Ganguly Das were present in Dhaka.

External Affairs Minister Dr. Jaishankar said in his address that relations between India and Bangladesh are based on mutual trust and respect which have stood the test of time. He expressed happiness that bilateral cooperation has not slowed down despite the Covid epidemic. He hoped that in the historic ‘Mujib years’, India and Bangladesh will cross many such milestones in the journey of mutual cooperation.

Connectivity and trade between India and Bangladesh will increase through these locomotives of railways. Mutual love and harmony between the citizens of the two countries would also grow.

On this occasion, Mr. Piyush Goyal said that connectivity and trade between India and Bangladesh will increase through these locomotives of railways. Mutual love and harmony between the citizens of the two countries would also grow. He said that cooperation in the field of rail between the two nations would also promote our economic partnership.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina are committed to open the pre-1965 railway links between the two countries and four out of seven such links have been opened while two links – Chilhati to Haldibari and Shahbazpur to Mahishasan, have been opened. Further preparations are underway.

Mr. Goyal said that 17 projects worth $ 2.44 billion are being executed in India in the rail sector with the help of Indian cooperation in Bangladesh, including the supply of locomotives. A rail link 21 km from Agartala to Akhaura in Bangladesh is also being laid under this assistance. Akhaura falls on the Dhaka-Chittagong mainline in Bangladesh. The route is expected to be completed by March 2021 next year.

   Railway cooperation

Cooperation in the railway sector between India and Bangladesh began in 1996 when India supplied 10 meter gauge locomotives made at the diesel rail plant of Varanasi. Subsequently, between 2001 and 2014, 40 other broad gauge engines were supplied. 120 passenger coaches were also exported in the year 2016-17.

According to sources, the 10 broad gauge diesel engines that have been dispatched are in the WDM3D category and are 3300 horsepower, which can run at a speed of 120 km / h. The age of these engines is around 28 years. The control system of these engines is microprocessor based. The cabin has been designed keeping in mind the stress free driving and better visibility. Maintenance of engines will be easy. The introduction of locomotives of Indian Railways in Bangladesh Railways will facilitate interoperability between the two railways.

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