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Bangladesh : BR signs Tk 3.59b deals for passenger carriage, relief crane procurement.

In a bid to enhance railway services in the country, the Bangladesh Railway (BR) has inked two deals with Indonesian and German firms involving Tk 3.59 billion for the procurement of 50 passenger carriages and four relief cranes.

INKA, PT Industri Kereta Api (Persero) of Indonesia and Kirow Ardelt of Germany secured the works and inked the deals at separate ceremonies at Railway Bhaban. Railway Minister Mohmmad Mujibul Haque and BR Director General Mohammad Amzad Hossain attended the ceremony

BR Additional Director General (rolling stock) Mohammad Shamsuzzaman inked the two deals with President Director of INKA, PT Agus H Purnomo and Kirow's Heinrich Deklerk on behalf of their respective sides.

As per project information, PT INKA will supply 50 broad gauge passenger carriages at a cost of Tk 2.12 billion and Kirow of Germany will provide two metre gauge and two broad gauge relief cranes at a cost of Tk 1.46 billion in 2 years.

Both the procurement will be financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in order to raise the BR's passenger capacity and enhance train services by ensuring efficient operation of trains.

The Minister of Railway said the BR has been able to raise passenger capacity due to its inability to increase passenger carriages in both metre and broad gauge lines.

He added that as the government has continued its effort to raise passenger capacity, another 350 passenger carriages are in the process of procurement from Korea and other countries.

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Date:Jun 22, 2017
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