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Sep 18, 2018
7:55PM

India, Bangladesh PMs jointly inaugurate two projects

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today described the cooperation between India and Bangladesh as an example for the world. 


He was speaking while jointly unveiling with Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina, the e-plaques for the ground-breaking ceremony of two projects, via video conference.   


Mr. Modi said that the two countries are neighbours, geographically and family, emotionally. Mr Modi said the proposed pipeline will further energize, not just Bangladesh’s economy, but also the relationship between the two countries. 


He expressed confidence that the proposed railway project will contribute to the process of strengthening national and urban transport in Bangladesh. The projects include India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline  and Dhaka-Tongi-Joydebpur Railway Project.


External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, and Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan were also present. 


Both countries had entered into an agreement for the pipeline construction in April this year during Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale's visit to Dhaka. 


The 130-kilometre pipeline will connect Siliguri in West Bengal in India and Parbatipur in Dinajpur district of Bangladesh. The 346 crore rupees project will be completed in 30 months time. 


The capacity of the pipeline will be one million metric tons per annum. The project will replace the existing practice of sending diesel by rail covering a distance of 510 kilometres.

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