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BGMEA calls for speeding up railway development projects to boost trade

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Desk Report: BGMEA President Faruque Hassan said the economy of Bangladesh is growing, which has reinforced the demand for upgrading railway connectivity across the country. He urged the government to speed up implementation of the ongoing railway development projects, including building new railway tracks, upgrading single line to double track, and conversion of the existing rail lines into dual gauge. The completion of double-track work will reduce the travel time on the rail route.

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He also requested the Railways Ministry to increase the number of trains on Dhaka-Chattogram route, especially freight trains to facilitate transportation of more export-import cargoes. The call was made when a delegation of BGMEA headed by President Faruque Hassan met with Honorable Railways Minister Md. Nurul Islam Sujan, MP at the Railway Bhaban in Dhaka on January 11. The BGMEA delegation included Vice President Miran Ali, Directors Asif Ashraf and Barrister Vidiya Amrit Khan. Railways Secretary Dr. Md. Humayun Kabir was also present at the meeting.

BGMEA leaders requested the Railways Minister to launch a special demu train service from DhakaSreepur for easy communication of workers, employees and owners of garment and textile factories. They also called for implementation of the inland container depot (ICD) project in Gazipur’s Dhirashram area. Once completed the proposed ICD near Dhirasram Railway station will help to cater to the rapid growth of containerized traffic. BGMEA President Faruque Hassan stressed on constructing an Inland Container Depot (ICD) on the western bank of the river Jamuna under Sirajganj district, saying it would facilitate transportation of raw materials of RMG and essential commodities from India.

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