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Bangladesh: India hands over 20 broad gauge locomotives to Bangladesh | India News

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NEW DELHI: India on Tuesday handed over 20 broad gauge (BG) locomotives to Bangladesh, fulfilling the commitment made to PM Sheikh Hasina during her visit here in October 2019. These locomotives can be used for both running passenger and freight trains.
Handing over the locos, railway minister Ashwini Vaishaw said, “India’s relationship with Bangladesh is civilisational, cultural, social and economic. The prime ministers of both countries are playing proactive roles to improve the bilateral relationship across social, economic and political sectors. Indian Railways are also playing a vital role in improving and strengthening rail connectivity across the border and improving trade between the two countries.”
Currently, five BG connectivities are operational, namely Geda-Darsana, Benapol-Petrapol, Singhabad-Rohanpur, Radhikapur-Birol and Haldibari-Chilahati. Work on two more cross-border rail connectivities, Akhaura-Agartala and Mahishasan-Shahbazpur, are progressing well and are likely to be completed and commissioned shortly, the minister said. The locomotives have been suitably modified to meet the requirements of Bangladesh Railway.

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