Rail to link nuke plant with Ishwardi
Bangladesh Railway (BR) on Tuesday signed an agreement with an Indo-Bangla joint venture company to construct a dual-gauge railway line to link Pabna’s Ishwardi with Rooppur nuclear power plant.
Mojibur Rahman, general manager (West) of BR, signed the deal on behalf of Bangladesh Railway at Rail Bhaban in the capital in presence of Railways Minister Mujibul Haque.
Suvash Chandra Hawlader, managing director of Standard Engineers Ltd, signed on behalf of Indo-Bangla joint venture Company -- Standard Engineers Ltd, Castle Construction Ltd of Bangladesh, and GTP Infra Projects Ltd of India.
The project also includes construction of a railway station, 13 level crossings and seven box culverts along with purchase and establishment of a computer-based colour light signalling system.
The total estimated cost of the project is Tk 297.55 crore involving the construction of a 26.52-kilometre rail line including 4.50km loop-line.
According to the contract, the project will be completed within 18 months.
During the signing ceremony, the minister said the project will be implemented on priority basis following the order of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina under the direct surveillance of Prime Minister's Office.
“The rail link will ensure easy carrying of heavy materials and equipment from Chattogram and Mongla ports to the under-construction nuclear power plant site,” said the minister.
The Ministry of Science and Technology has initiated the project of constructing and renovating the railway tracks and the signalling system.