West Zone Railway implements Tk 1.55b uplift project
RAJSHAHI, Apr 21 (BSS): The West Zone of Bangladesh Railway has been implementing a Tk 1.55 billion uplift project in Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj districts aiming at bringing dynamism into the railway transportation.
According to the officials concerned, the one and a half years project titled “Rajshahi-Rohanpur Border and Amnura- Chapainawabgonj Railway Track Rehabilitation” is likely to be completed by September next as 60 per cent of the total work was completed.
Talking to the news agency here today, chief engineer of the zone Mozammel Haque said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to lay foundation stone of the project at Amnura Railway Junction under Chapainawabganj district Saturday.
He said the Rajshahi-Rohanpur border section, established in 1930 and now being adjudged as the Trans-Asian Railway Route, and the Amnura- Chapainawabganj section had become unfit for train movement due to lack of renovation works for long.
After taking power, he said the present government had started implementation of the long-lasting project as part of its massive development works in the railway sector.
Under the project, he said 85-kilometer mainline and seven- kilometer loop line is being rehabilitated in addition to renovation of Rajshahi Court, Shitlai, Kakonhat, Amnura and Rohanpur stations side by side with reconstruction of three stations- Chapainawabganj, Nizampur and Golabari.
Besides, platforms of seven stations like Rajshahi Court, Shitlai, Kakonhat, Amnura, Chapainawabganj, Nachole and Rohanpur are being repaired together with platform rising of Chapainawabganj, Amnura, Nizampur, Golabari and Rohanpur stations. Side by side with approach road construction of Rajshahi Court, Shitlai, Kakonhat, Nizampur, Chapainawabganj and Rohanpur stations, seven bridges are being constructed while 25 others repaired.
Some 19 level crossing gates are being maintained and developed while signaling system of six stations being modernised under the project. As a whole, Mozammel Haque said all the railway lines and other works under the project area are being standardised with the Bangladesh Railway mainline.
On successful completion of the project, he hoped that more high-speed trains could run on the route, thereby, carrying of fuel oil to the under-construction power plant at Amnura will be easy and quick.
Moreover, transportation of various imported goods from India to different parts of the country could be easy and safe which help removing regional disparity, he added.