Dhaka, Bangladesh
Rail to link region

Rail to link region

High-speed trains may move up to China linking neighbours

News Report China has a plan to link neighbouring countries, including Bangladesh, with high-speed trains to promote regional as well as global trade and mobility. Bangladesh plans to play its part in the regional rail connectivity. President Xi Jinping's flagship global-connectivity agenda called Belt and Road Initiative or BRI now takes freight trains to Germany and London in long- haul transportation. And Beijing intends to build continental and regional rail connectivity for both goods and passenger communications under the One- Belt, One-Road recipe, now known as BRI. A high official of China disclosed the plan during a meeting with a visiting press delegation from Bangladesh last September. "Yes, we are thinking about it. The train route may pass through Myanmar into Bangladesh," said the top executive of China National Machinery Import & Export Corporation (CMC) in reply to a question. They also have plans to help Bangladesh develop modern internal railway communications network with higher-speed trains. In this case, they suggest bullet-train service. A bullet train runs up to 350 kilometers per hour in China. The new rail minister of Bangladesh unveiled some plans for the sector that relate to the up-and-coming development in the most popular, safest and affordable mode of mass transport. Md Nurul Islam Sujan Sunday said the rail connectivity with the neighboring countries as well as the internal railway tracks will be increased. "The government has plans to build a railway network with Myanmar. Then it will be easier to connect China through the railways. Eventually, Bangladesh will be connected with Thailand and Malaysia through Trans- Asian route," he said at a 'meet-the-press' programme at the Railway Bhaban in Dhaka. Sujan also said two projects-Padma Rail Link and Dohazari-Cox's Bazar-Gundum Rail Link-of the ten fast-track mega-projects of the Prime Minister's Delta Plan will be completed soon. Besides, a feasibility study on high-speed train service on Dhaka- Chattogram route is being carried out by the authorities concerned. Referring to the government stance on eliminating ticket sale on black market, the newly appointed railway minister, Nurul Islam Sujan, said the railway sector will be made more service-oriented to stop such illegal practice. (Inputs taken from agencies)

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