Hasina-Modi inaugurate new two rail routes, power project
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have inaugurated the construction work of two railway projects through video conference. At the same time they have inaugurated newly built second block of 500 Mega Watts HVDC back to back station at Bheramara in Kushtia which will be added to the national grid from India.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina from her official residence Ganabhaban and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi from New Delhi declared inauguration of the projects through video conference on Monday afternoon.
As a result power supply is going to begin formally from Monday.
This electricity is being supplied from Bahrampur grid of West Bengal in India to the inter power connection grid at Bheramara in Kushtia. Of the new 500 Mega Watts electricity 300 Mega Watts will come from Indian national sector ‘National Thermal Power Plant’. The rest 200 Mega Watts electricity will come from Indian private sector ‘Power Trading Corporation’.
Under the rail projects the heads of government of the two countries inaugurated the project of dual gauge rail track between Akhaura (Brahmanbaria)-Agartala (India) and renovation work of Kulaura-Shahbazpur (Moulvibazar) railway section. Through this the construction work of Bangladesh part has begun.
At that time Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, at present we are importing 660 Mega Watts electricity from India and also have taken initiatives to import more 3000 Mega Watts.
Thanking Chief Minister of West Bengal (Bangla) Mamata Banerjee for giving her promised one thousand Mega Watts electricity the Prime Minister said, I hope that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will give consent to this matter.
The premier informed that country’s electricity production has touched the 20 thousand Mega Watts milestone.
Sheikh Hasina said, we are constructing 55 more power stations with production capacity of 13 thousand 690 Mega Watts. To maintain our high growth rate we need more electricity. For this reason we have taken initiatives to import more 9 thousand Mega Watts electricity from neighboring countries by the year 2041.
She said, coordination between India and Bangladesh is also increasing in railway sector. We will be able to lay foundation stone of third and fourth dual gauge rail track between Dhaka and Tongi and dual gauge rail track between Tongi and Joydebpur very soon jointly with financial assistance from India.