Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 5-megawatt HVDC back-to-back station second block in India from Bheramara in the national grid of Akhaura-Agartala Dual-Gauge railway line through video conferencing and the national grid of Bangladesh.
On Monday afternoon, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced the inauguration of the project through her official residence Ganobhaban and video conferencing from India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As a result, power supply has started from yesterday itself. This electricity is coming as part of the cooperation between the two countries, Bangladesh and India. Electricity will be supplied from the Bahrampur grid in West Bengal’s interconnected connection grid of Kushtia in Bheramara. Besides, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh will inaugurate the construction work of the Bangladesh part of the Akhaura-Agartala Dual Gauge Railline project and the construction of Kulaura-Shahbazpur railway connection rehabilitation project of Maulbibazar district through video conferencing.
The new 5 megawatt of electricity will come up to 300 MW in Indian government sector ‘National Thermal Power Plant’. The remaining 200 MW will come from India’s private sector ‘Power Trading Corporation’. Presently, the amount of electricity imported from India has been added to 500 MW of 500 MW from Baharampur in West Bengal to Bheramara in Kushtia. More 160 megawatt of electricity has been added to India’s Tripura state from the electricity grid in Comilla.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina spoke at a good gathering at Akhaura Railway Station through video conferencing on the occasion of the opening of the work of the Bangladesh section of the Akhaura-Agartala Railway Project. About 51 kilometer long Kulaura-Shahbazpur rail link rehabilitation project will cost Tk 544.77 million. The construction and renovation of railway bridges, bridges and station buildings, platforms, railway lines and other railway infrastructure will be done on Kulaura-Shahbazpur railway track in the project. Akhaura-Agartala railway construction project and Kulaura-Shahbajpur rail rehabilitation project cost is coming from part of India’s one billion dollar line of credit.
According to Bangladesh Railway sources, Bangladesh and India will jointly fund the project for the repair of Kulaura-Shahbazpur part and Akhaura-Agartala Dual Gauge Rail Link Project. As part of Trans Asia Railway Network, Kulaura-Shahbazpur division’s reform project will restructure rail link between Bangladesh and India. Under the project, more than 53 kilometer dual-gauge railways, bridges and culverts will be constructed and multiple stations and infrastructure will be built and non-interlocked color light signals will be installed. The video conference was arranged to show the public to the public through multimedia project in Kulaura junction railway station premises.
In fact, Kulaura-Shahbazpur railway line is 53 kilometers long. In 1885, the Assam Bengal Railway was introduced as a part. It was associated with the Assam state of India. On July 7, 2002, the railway authorities stopped the train movement in this railway. The people of Kulaura, Juri and Barlekha upazilas were in trouble. Later, local political and social organizations organized movement programs demanding the launch of the train again. In view of this, the approval of the Kulaura-Shahbazpur railway rehabilitation project was approved on May 26, 2015 at the meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) at a cost of Tk 678 crore 50 million 79 thousand.
On August 16, senior officials visited the work. Officially the work of raising the old bridges and railways started from 10 August. There are six stations on the Kulaura-Shahbazpur railway line. India’s Kalindi railway construction company got the job through the tender. Also, as a project consultant, another company called ‘Balaji Rail Road Systems’ is connected to India.