Dhaka – Bangladesh’s economic council has approved a project for turning 225 kilometers of rail track to dial gauge from existing meter gauge one to accommodate plying of more locomotives on the rail line constructed during the British colonial era.
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council headed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina approved the project to be implemented with an estimated cost of more than 161 million taka.
The railway track Akhaura junction to north-eastern shrine city of Sylhet will be completed by 2025, said Abdul Mannan, the planning minister, after the meeting in Dhaka.
The government considers this section of railway track important in terms of economic aspect, tourism and internal and regional connectivity.
The minister said the 106.54 billion taka will come as project assistance from China. The rest of the amount will be provided by the government of Bangladesh, he said.
Under the project, some 225 kilometer existing meter gauge railway track under the Akhaura-Sylhet section would be converted into 239.14 kilometer dual gauge track, he added.
The meeting also approved six other development projects involving an overall estimated cost of Taka 181.91 billion taka.
The new projects includes construction of 49 major and 237 minor bridges, signaling works at 22 stations, construction of 16,690 square meter residential buildings, barrack and dormitory, and acquisition of 200.30 acres of land.