Railways minister seeks cooperation from India

Railways Minister Nurul Islam Sujan has sought cooperation from Indian government for the time consuming implementation and maintaining due qualitative standard of the projects in Bangladesh, run under the Indian Line of Credit (LoC), said a press release. According to the release sent Friday to the media, Sujan also urged his Indian counterpart to provide 10 Broad-gauge and 10 Meter-gauge Locomotive, increasing number of trip of the two trains 'Moitree Express' and 'Bandhan Express' which are now running between Bangladesh and India.

The Minister expressed the views during his recent six-day state visit to India with invitation of the Indian Rail, Commerce and Industries Minister, Pijush Gowell. During his stay in India, he sought support from Indian experts to provide training to the senior officials, Engineers of Bangladesh Railway for developing their skill.

He also talked about improving curriculum and quality of training at the Railway training academies in Bangladesh, taking steps on improving standard of Rail service, reducing travel time of 'Maitry Express' between Dhaka-Kolkata, increasing number of coaches 'Moitree Express' running between Khulna and Kolkata, modernisation of Syedpur and Pahartali workshops etc.

Responding to the urge of Nurul Islam Sujan, his Indian counterpart, Pijush Gowell assured him of providing all possible cooperation from India.An agreement was signed in this connection between the two countries aiming to ensure successful implementation of the ongoing projects.During the visit, the Minister led an eight member delegation of Bangladesh which include Member of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Railway Ministry, Ashadujjaman Noor MP, HM Ibrahim MP, Additional Secretary of Railway Ministry, GM South Zone.

Minister held a bi-lateral meeting with the top officials of Indian Railway Ministry on August 6 where the issues like the existing problems of Bangladesh Railway and its possible solutions were discussed elaborately.State Minister for Rail, Industries and Commerce, Shree Suresh Channaba Pasha Angadi and other senior officials concerned were also present on the occasion.

The Bangladesh delegation inspected Indian Rail management, catering service, ticket sale and other services. The delegation also made a trip by an Indian train to experience it's in-house management, so that they can utilise in development of the rail services of Bangladesh.