Bangladesh Railway Sunday signed contracts with two Sino-Bangla joint-venture companies for the construction of a rail line from Faridpur's Madhukhali to Magura town.
The project will build a 19.90 km main line at the cost of Tk1,202.49 crore.
Project Director Ashadul Haque and contracting organisation representatives Liu Xue Bing and Tang signed the agreements in the capital.
When the project is completed, Magura, a southwestern district, will come under the railway network. It will also connect the southwestern part of the country with Dhaka city through the Padma bridge.
Speaking at the programme, Railways Minister Nurul Islam Sujan said, "The right kind of development cannot take place in a country that does not have an integrated communication system."
"The Padma Bridge Rail Link Project, construction of a separate railway bridge across the River Jamuna, construction of a new railway line from Chattogram to Cox's Bazar and rail link at Mongla Port are among the many projects that are underway now."