1. Railways investing to connect with neighbouring countries: Suresh Prabhu

Railways investing to connect with neighbouring countries: Suresh Prabhu

Railways minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu today said his ministry has already started investing to connect India with its neighbouring countries, mainly Bangladesh.

By: | Howrah | Published: June 10, 2017 10:44 PM
Railways, railway investing to connect with neighbouring countries, Suresh Prabhu, indian  railway, neighbouring countries Railways minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu today said his ministry has already started investing to connect India with its neighbouring countries, mainly Bangladesh. (IE)

Railways minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu today said his ministry has already started investing to connect India with its neighbouring countries, mainly Bangladesh. “The Railways have already invested enough to connect to our neighbouring countries like Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmmar. We had talks with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during her visit to India (in April) and we had a meeting with a couple of her ministers in Delhi two days ago,” he said after dedicating a number of projects at the Howrah Railway Station. He said there is geographical and cultural similarity between Bangladesh and West Bengal, and the Centre is hopeful that the rail connectivity would strengthen the relation more. Incidentally, Maitree Express, an international passenger train connects Bangladesh to India through West Bengal. The Minister said West Bengal has lost its past importance as a centre of commerce and there is need for investing in infrastructure and referred to the Centre hiking the Railway budget for the state by around 300 per cent in 2017-18 compared to 2014-15. “West Bengal is an important state. Kolkata had been a very important commerce centre in Asia and contributed to the country. I am hopeful that the city will be able to restore its lost importance and for that there is need to develop the infrastructure through investments,” he said. Prabhu today dedicated a number of projects of Eastern Railways, including commissioning of double line between Beldanga and Cossimbazar in Sealdah division, third line between Gadadharpur and Tarapith Road stations in Howrah division among others. He dedicated a number of projects of South Eastern Railways including extension and upgrading stations in Santragachi-Amta suburban section. He also inaugurated commencement of work for the underground station at Esplanade under Kolkata East-West metro and a new escalator at Rabindra Sarobar station of Kolkata Metro railway.

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    CharlesWilliamMorganJr
    Jun 11, 2017 at 7:02 pm
    There are wonderful plans! However, we wonder how much true priority is being given to connecting India to Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar by rail. Presently, little progress seems to be made. Also it seems that Sri Lanka has been left out of the equation. An underwater tunnel, similar to those in an, or the Chunnel between Britain and France, or a bridge similar to the one between Sweden and Denmark, needs to be constructed between India and Sri Lanka to expedite and facilitate travel, transit, trade and tourism between the two nations. Thousands more would be emplo in BOTH nations! An essential priority should be to connect the world's two most populous nations with high speed rail routes between Delhi VIA Kathmandu to Beijing and between Delhi VIA Mandalay to Beijing, with a southern spur from Mandalay VIA Yangon and Dhaka to Kolkata. This would provide employment for hundreds of thousands and dramatically increase trade, travel, tourism and transit.
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