- These engines will significantly help in increasing the number of passengers in Bangladesh and help in the operation of the goods train.
- Railway Minister Piyush Goyal assured full, generous and unlimited help in the development of Bangladesh rail network.
- Foreign Minister S Jaishankar underlined the strength of India-Bangladesh relations.
Indian Railways has sent ten diesel engines to Bangladesh on 27 July. These broad gauge diesel locomotives have been entrusted with improving relations and connectivity with neighbouring countries. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Foreign Minister S Jaishankar flagged off these engines through video conferencing, and the engines left for Bangladesh.
All engines departed from Gede station of Eastern Railway in Nadia district of West Bengal. These Indian railway locomotives were received at Darshana railway station in Bangladesh. Senior officials of both countries were present in the video conference organized to hand over the rail engine to Bangladesh. The foreign ministers of both countries, Railway Minister and the Chairman of the Railway Board were included in the video conference.
Microprocessor-based Engine Installed in Locomotives
Bangladesh sent a proposal for the purchase of these engines in April last year. According to Indian Railways, the control system of these engines is microprocessor-based. This will help the engine driver considerably during work, and these engines can run at a speed of 120 kilometres per hour. With the help of modern technology, it will be effortless for the driver to control the engine. With the help of these engines, the journey of passengers will be very safer.
Six Locomotives Included in the List from Samastipur Railway Division
Six diesel engines included among ten locomotives are from Samastipur railway division. All the rail engines exported are of the Elco version of the WDM3 model. These engines are powered by diesel. Their capacity is 33,000 horsepower, which proves to be very useful. These rail locomotives were earlier used by rail divisions to operate mail and express trains. On average, these engines have been used in the operation of trains for 7 to 10 years.
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Railways Minister Said Our Bilateral Relations Are at the Best
On this occasion, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said that “I am pleased to hand over ten broad-gauge engines for use by Bangladesh Railways. These engines will prove useful in handling freight train operations between India and Bangladesh. These engines have been modified to ensure the utility of these engines in Bangladesh. We are progressing to a great extent in our respective efforts to achieve growth and development.”
He added, “India and Bangladesh had come a long way in the last few years. Today, our bilateral relations are at their best. Our neighbourhood policy follows Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s philosophy of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vikas’.”
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