20 Indian locomotives to reach in October: Minister

Bangla Tribune Report
Published : 20:05, Sep 17, 2019 | Updated : 20:07, Sep 17, 2019

Railway Minister Md Nurul Islam Sujan speaking to the media on Tuesday (Sept 17). PHOTO: PIDTwenty rail engines from India are likely to reach Bangladesh within October, said Railway Minister Md Nurul Islam Sujan.
The engines might be brought when the prime minister visits India during the first week of October, he said on Tuesday (Sept 17).
“There is a crisis of locomotives in the railway. The ones that were supposed to arrive from India on loan are expected to reach within 2020,” he added.
“We wanted to rent some engines from them but they agreed to give 20 locomotives to us as a gesture of friendship. Ten of them are metre gauges and the rest are broad gauges,” the minister said.
According to the minister there are 233 locomotives at the railway amongst which 68 percent have expired.
“We have also reached an agreement with the Indian railway to increase the operations of Moitree Express in the Dhaka-Kolkata route from four days a week to six,” he said.