The amount of work that India-Bangladesh did together in nine years was not done even in several decades: PM Modi

PM Modi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday inaugurated three development projects through digital medium with his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina and said that the relations between the two countries are continuously reaching new heights and the amount of work they have done together in the last nine years is more than enough. The work was not done even in several decades. The projects inaugurated by Modi and Hasina include a vital rail link between Nischintpur in Tripura and Gangasagar in Bangladesh, the 65 km long Khulna-Mongla port rail line and the second unit of ‘Maitri Super Thermal Power Plant’ at Rampal in Bangladesh. .

The approximately 15 km long Agartala-Akhaura cross border rail link is expected to boost cross-border trade and significantly reduce travel time between Agartala and Kolkata via Dhaka.

  • “It is a matter of pleasure that we have come together once again to celebrate the success of India-Bangladesh cooperation,” Modi said during his conversation with Hasina through video conference.

  • He said, “Our relations are continuously reaching new heights. The amount of work we have done together in the last nine years was more than had been done even in many decades.

  • Modi said that to restore peace, security and stability on the border, the land border agreement, pending for decades, was signed between the two countries and maritime border issues were also resolved.

  • He said that India-Bangladesh laid special emphasis on the development of infrastructure and connectivity to fulfill the common expectations and aspirations of the people of both the countries. Referring to the launch of three new bus services and three new rail services in the last nine years, Modi said that from the year 2020, container and parcel trains are also running between India and Bangladesh.

  • He said, “In the last nine years, the sea route was developed for passenger and goods traffic. Through this route, the export route from Bangladesh to Tripura has been opened.

  • Modi said that the launch of the world’s largest cruise service ‘Ganga Vilas’ between India and Bangladesh has given a boost to tourism, while the benefit of connecting the north-eastern states of India through Chittagong and Mongla ports has also been extended to both the countries. It happened on.

  • The Prime Minister said that the Sampark initiative acted as a lifeline during the Corona pandemic and more than 4,000 tonnes of oxygen was transported from India to Bangladesh through ‘Oxygen Express’.

  • Referring to the opening of four new immigration check posts on the India-Bangladesh border, Modi said, “Our mutual trade has almost tripled in the last nine years.” In this journey of nine years, the inauguration of ‘Akhaura-Agartala Rail Link’ today is also a historic moment. This is the first rail connection of Bangladesh with the north-eastern states of India. Tripura has had a deep connection with it since the time of Bangladesh liberation struggle. Through this connection, the states of North-East India will also be connected to the ports of Bangladesh.

  • He said that with the construction of ‘Khulna-Mongla Port Rail Line’, Mongla Port of Bangladesh is now connected to the trade centers of Dhaka and Kolkata through rail. Prime Minister Modi termed the inauguration of the second unit of Maitri Thermal Power Project as a new link in power and energy cooperation between the two countries and said, “Our mutual cooperation has strengthened the energy security of Bangladesh. Bangladesh has moved towards self-reliance in the energy sector. Referring to the agreement reached on exchange of electricity between India, Bangladesh and Nepal, Modi said that India has extended its stance of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ to Bangladesh. Like it is considered relevant even for your nearest neighbor friend.

  • He said, “We feel proud to be Bangladesh’s largest development partner. In the last nine years, approximately $10 billion has been provided for development work in various sectors. Together we have completed old, pending tasks, but today’s program has another specialty. The three projects that have been inaugurated today were also decided by us, and we have also got the privilege of dedicating them to the people.

  • Expressing his gratitude to Sheikh Hasina for the success of the joint efforts of both the countries, Prime Minister Modi said that India will continue to provide full support in taking forward ‘Smart Bangladesh’. He said, “I am happy that India is cooperating in building 12 I-T parks in 12 districts of Bangladesh. In the field of Fintech, an agreement has also been reached to connect the payment gateways of both the countries. I have full faith that with our joint efforts, Bangabandhu’s vision of ‘Sonar Bangladesh’ will be realised.

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