Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday collectively inaugurated three tasks through digital mode, together with a key rail hyperlink between Tripura’s Nischintapur and Gangasagar in Bangladesh.
The opposite two tasks inaugurated by PM Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart are the 65-km Khulna-Mongla Port Rail Line and Unit 2 of the Maitree Tremendous Thermal Energy Plant in Bangladesh’s Rampal.
The cross-border rail mission close to Tripura’s capital Agartala and Akhaura in Bangladesh is predicted to spice up cross-border commerce, and considerably scale back the journey time between Agartala and Kolkata through Dhaka. When absolutely accomplished, the cross-border rail hyperlink will lower the journey time from Kolkata to Agartala from 36 hours to 12 hours.
PM Modi hailed the inauguration of the Cross Border Rail Hyperlink as a “historic” second.
“It’s a matter of pleasure that now we have come collectively once more to rejoice the profitable cooperation between India and Bangladesh. Our relationship is touching new highs. Collectively, now we have achieved within the final 9 years what has not been achieved in many years,” Prime Minister Modi mentioned.
The tasks are necessary for India’s Look East Coverage and also will increase connectivity to the northeast which is closely depending on the slim Rooster’s Neck or Siliguri Hall. They’re additionally a testomony to India’s dedication to the area across the Bay of Bengal with organizations just like the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Financial Cooperation (BIMSTEC) which has its secretariat in Bangladesh.
‘First Rail Hyperlink Between Northeast, Bangladesh’
Through the inauguration of the Agartala-Akhaura Rail Hyperlink, PM Modi highlighted the impression of those tasks, particularly throughout the pandemic with oxygen trains. “That is the primary rail hyperlink between the northeast and Bangladesh,” he was quoted as saying by information company PTI.
“We have now centered particularly on infrastructure, connectivity and within the final 9 years, now we have began three new bus providers. We have now linked Dhaka, Shillong, Agartala, Guwahati and Kolkata. Within the final 9 years, now we have began three new railway providers. From 2020, we began container and parcel providers,” he added.
“Within the final 9 years by way of Chittagong and the Mongla Port, now we have linked the northeastern states of India. Our connectivity initiative labored as a lifeline throughout the Covid pandemic,” Prime Minister Modi mentioned.
“Within the final 9 years, 4 new immigration test posts have been opened on the India-Bangladesh border and our bilateral commerce has almost tripled. The journey of those 9 years has made us attain the inauguration of the Agartala Akhaura Railway Hyperlink and it’s a historic second,” he added.
‘Agency Cooperation Between Nations’
Sheikh Hasina mentioned the connection between Bangladesh and India is anchored in historical past tradition language and each nations share values of secularism, democracy, and numerous different commonalities.
She added that Bangladesh attaches the very best significance to its relationship with India with a concentrate on connectivity, commerce, and commerce. She expressed gratitude to the federal government of India for its important contribution to those sectors and in addition prolonged Diwali greetings.
“The joint inauguration of those tasks manifests the agency friendship and collaboration between our two nations. I want to thanks PM Modi for his heat hospitality throughout my go to to New Delhi in September 2023 to attend the G20 Leaders’ Summit. I specific my heartfelt gratitude to your dedication to strengthening the bonds of friendship between our two nations,” Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina mentioned.
“I want to thank the Authorities of India for collectively producing the biopic on the Father of the Nation of Bangladesh Bangabandhu ‘Sheikh Mujibur Rehman – Mujib: The Making of a Nation’. I want to lengthen my deep appreciation and thankfulness to Shri Narendra Modi,” she added.
“Our collaboration within the connectivity and energy sector stands out as a shining instance of our cooperation,” she mentioned on the inauguration occasion.
India and Bangladesh ties are essential for India’s Act East Coverage and these tasks have additionally laid the groundwork for extra cooperation and opening of passenger and freight routes between India and Bangladesh and in addition for various provide routes for northeastern states