All executed under Indian assistance
Strengthen connectivity, energy security
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi will jointly inaugurate three development projects on today via video conferencing in an effort to give regional connectivity and energy security a boost.
Those are: Akhaura – Agartala Cross-Border Rail Link; Khulna – Mongla Port Rail Line; and Unit – II of the Maitree Super Thermal Power Plant. All were executed under Indian assistance.
“These projects will strengthen connectivity and energy security in the region,” the Indian government said in a statement.
The Akhaura-Agartala Cross-Border Rail Link project has been executed under government of India grant assistance of INR 392.52 crore extended to Bangladesh.
The length of the rail link is 12.24km with a 6.78km dual gauge rail line in Bangladesh and 5.46km in Tripura.
The Khulna-Mongla Port Rail Line Project has been implemented under Government of India concessional Line of Credit with a total project cost of $388.92 million.
The project entails construction of approximately 65km of broad gauge rail route between Mongla Port and the existing rail network in Khulna.
With this, Mongla, the second largest port of Bangladesh, gets connected with the broad-gauge railway network.
The Maitree Super Thermal Power Project under Indian Concessional Financing Scheme loan of $1.6 billion, is a 1320MW (2×660) Super Thermal Power Plant (MSTPP) located in Rampal in Khulna Division of Bangladesh.
The project has been implemented by the Bangladesh-India Friendship Power Company (Private) Limited (BIFPCL), which is a 50:50 Joint Venture company between India’s NTPC Ltd and Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB).
Unit I of the Maitree Super Thermal Power Plant was unveiled jointly by both prime ministers in September 2022 and Unit 2 will be inaugurated on Wednesday.
The operationalization of Maitree Super Thermal Power Plant will enhance energy security in Bangladesh.
Source: Dhaka Tribune.