India to handover 10 broad-gauge locos to Bangladesh

New Delhi, July 25

India will hand over 10 broad-gauge diesel locomotives to Bangladesh on Monday, offering the neighbouring nation mobilise options for each intra-country and inter-country motion, the Railways stated.

Senior dignitaries from each nations are anticipated to flag off the handover, which might be performed through video conferencing, in accordance with the assertion.

The dignitaries embody overseas ministers, railways ministers and excessive commissioners of each the nations, Railway Board chairman and others officers on the native stations on either side of the border, it stated.

The bodily location of the handover would be the Gede station of the Eastern Railway in West Bengal’s Nadia district and the receiving station of Darshana on the Bangladesh facet.

Bangladesh had despatched a proposal to India in April final 12 months for procurement of those locos, with 72 per cent of its current ones already crossing their financial life.

The 3300 HP WDM3D locos being given to Bangladesh have a residual lifetime of 28 years or extra and are designed for a velocity of 120 kmph. They are appropriate for hauling freight in addition to passenger trains and have a microprocessor-based management system.

“It will help in movement within Bangladesh as well as inter-country movement,” the assertion stated.

“The Railways has modified the locos to suit the maximum height restrictions in BR (Bangladesh Railway),” it stated, including: “We are keen to partner with BR for supply and maintenance of all types of rolling stock.”

These locos would supply improved prepare operations inside the BR and in addition for interchange with the Indian Railways, and strengthen the partnership between each the transporters, in accordance with the assertion.

According to experiences from Bangladesh, the BR had until May final 12 months 178 metre-gauge (MG) locomotives, out of which 139 have crossed their 20-year financial life. Of its 90 BG locomotives, 55 have accomplished their financial life.  PTI

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