On 14 January 2019, an agreement was signed with Bangladesh Railway and Messrs. Progressive Rail USA to buy 40 broad gauge diesel electric (DE) locomotives (engines) from the United States to alleviate the railway engine crisis. For the first time since becoming a minister, Railway Minister Nurul Islam Sujan has signed an agreement to buy the locomotive. As per the agreement, out of 40 locomotives, eight broad gauge locomotives arrived at Chittagong port from the United States on Saturday (March 8).
In the first phase of importing a total of 40 locomotives, eight locomotives have reached Chittagong port, said Borhan Uddin, Chief Mechanical Engineer, Eastern Railway.
Borhan Uddin said the locomotives were unloaded at the port berth on Saturday (March 7) morning. He said, ‘A total of 40 broad gauge locomotives are being brought from the United States. Of these, eight have reached Chittagong port. They were unloaded from the ship on Saturday (March 7).
It may be mentioned that on January 14, 2019, Railway Minister Nurul Islam Sujan signed an agreement to buy 40 broad gauge diesel electric (DE) locomotives (engines) to alleviate the engine crisis. The government will spend 1 thousand 123 crore 5 lakh. After taking charge of the Ministry of Railways, Nurul Islam Sujan signed the first agreement in this regard. These locomotives are being supplied by the American company Messrs. Progressive Rail USA.
The purchase proposal for procurement of 40 broad gauge diesel electric (DE) locomotives under the project ‘Development of Rolling Stock Operation of Bangladesh Railway (Collection of Rolling Stock)’ jointly funded by the Government and ADB was approved.
In this regard, Railway Minister Nurul Islam Sujan said, there was an engine crisis in the railways for a long time. We signed an agreement with Messrs. Progressive Rail USA in the United States about two years ago to buy 40 locomotives. Today 6 engines have arrived in the country in the first shipment. All will come later. As a result, the engine crisis of the railways will be alleviated to some extent and the quality of passenger service will be increased along with increasing the speed of the railways, said the Railway Minister.
Source: Bhorer Kagoj by www.bhorerkagoj.com.
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