Indian goods trains may go up to Dhaka outskirts
Dhaka: Bangladesh Railway (BR) is preparing for movement of Indian goods trains right up to the outskirts of the national capital, in a move that would help traders in both countries.
Goods worth $2 billion are exchanged annually among the South Asian neighbours. Taking the containers deep inside country, rather than off-loading them on the border, would lower import costs for Bangladesh.
BR Director General Belayet Hossain told New Age newspaper that they were working round-the-clock for the operation of Indian container trains till Gazipur, some 35 km from the capital.
Bangladesh, which allows Indian good trains up to some areas in the north, "is facing India`s pressure" to allow container trains up to Gazipur by crossing the Jamuna Bridge, the newspaper said.
BR would seek cabinet approval after a nod from a railway inspection body, which looks after the security of railway and railway services.
The neighbours are preparing for closer cooperation on the rail front with Dhaka deciding to join the Asian rail network that connects with Bulgaria in Europe and Bangkok in Southeast Asia.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, due in New Delhi for talks next month, is in touch with Indian Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee on a number of proposals.
Dhaka, which has allowed passenger trains from India since 2008, was in the past opposed to Indian container trains crossing the Jamuna bridge for the safety of the bridge.
But the communications ministry has now found that movement of container trains on the bridge at a low speed would not cause any harm.
Communications Minister Abul Hossain told the newspaper that the bridge which developed cracks would not face any problems if containers trains cross the bridge at a low speed.
"The Bangladesh Railway will monitor the speed," the minister said.
Delhi has since 2007 requested Dhaka to allow Indian container trains through the bridge so that industrial goods and raw materials could be carried directly to Gazipur.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
More from Health
- PM Narendra Modi's speech at Heart of Asia conference
- India-Afghanistan thrash Pakistan over terrorism issue in Heart of Asia conference
- Gujarat: Goods train engine catches fire in Surat
- Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa's condition extremely grave
- Is population control next on central govt's agenda after demonetization?
- Live: Jayalalithaa passes away after suffering cardiac arrest; Panneerselvam takes oath as new CM of Tamil Nadu
- Fake or Real? 'Alien animal' caught on Karnataka-Kerala border
- People want to know whether Jayalalithaa is alive or not; PM Narendra Modi must intervene, says expelled AIADMK MP Sasikala Pushpa
- Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa's condition continues to remain critical after suffering cardiac arrest
- Jayalalithaa's health condition: Amma critical, nation's political fraternity expresses concern - Who said what