BR’s infrastructure development with Indian credit slows down

August 25, 2014

Slow implementation of four out of five infrastructure development projects of Bangladesh Railway with Indian credit in last four years pushed the costs up, official documents show.
The slow implementation was caused by delays in taking decisions and lengthy land acquisition process, said officials. In 2010, BR took 11 projects under a $ 805.23 million credit line from India, five of them for infrastructural development and six for procurement of locomotives, wagons and coaches from the lending country.
Until April, $ 131.63 million of the credit has been spent.
BR completed the procurement of locomotives, wagons and brake vans and received them from India.
Until July, only 0.75 per cent of construction of Khulna-Mongla Port railway line, a priority project of the railway, was completed.
Implementation of the project set to be completed by December, would be extended by five years, shows a document prepared by BR’s planning division on August 19.
Until July, BR achieved 6.5 per cent physical progress for the construction of 2nd Bhairab and 2nd Titas Bridge with approach rail lines.
BR is planning to extend the deadline by three years until December 2017.
The deadline for the construction of 3rd and 4th dual gauge railway tracks on Dhaka-Tongi section and doubling of dual gauge tracks on Tongi-Joydevpur section including installation of signals will also be extended by one year until December 2017.
BR also proposed to extend the deadline for the rehabilitation of railway tracks between Kulaura and Shahbazpur from December 2015 to December 2017.
BR director general Mohammad Tafazzal Hossian told New Age Saturday that the delays were caused due to indecision.
‘We expect to complete the projects within new deadlines,’ he added.
BR procured from India 220 metre gauge flat wagons, 180 broad gauge tank wagons, 100 metre gauge bogie tank wagons, 40 broad gauge locomotives, 21 metre gauge brake vans and six broad gauge bogie brake vans with the tied credit line.
BR floated tenders for the replacement and modernisation of signalling and interlocking system of three stations in Ashuganj-Akhaura section of the railway.

-Input from New Age

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