Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday inaugurated a ‘special mango train’ on Chapainawabganj-Dhaka route via Rajshahi in order to transport mangoes at lower cost. She opened the special train service through a virtual platform from her official residence Ganobhaban. The West Zone of Bangladesh Railway has taken the initiative to transport mangoes at a lower cost for the welfare of mango farmers and traders amid the Covid-19 situation. Read: Hasina seeks Commonwealth’s focus on minimising climate vulnerabilities The train, having the capacity of 150 metric tonnes (MT) in its five wagons, will depart Chapainawabganj for Dhaka via Rajshahi every day and the transport cost is up to Tk 1.3 per kg and Tk 1,300 per MT magno. The train will have stoppage for loading mangoes at 14 stations on the Chapainawabganj-Dhaka railway route. The train may make stoppages at other stations based on parcel booking and unloading. In the function, the Prime Minister also virtually laid the foundation stone of Madhukhali (Faridpur)-Kamarkhali-Magura New Rail Line Construction Project. Bangladesh Railway is implementing the project to build the 24.80 km broad-gauge track at the estimated cost of Tk 1,202 crore within 18 months. Addressing the function, the Prime Minister said the government has been working to expand rail networks throughout the country. “We’re bringing the whole Bangladesh under the railway network,” she. Sheikh Hasina said there is also a plan to construct a high speed rail line on Dhaka-Chattogram route. The government will construct the high speed rail line if the soil is found suitable for such a project following a feasibility study, she added. Besides, the rail connectivity with neighbouring India on different routes, which remained suspended after the 1965 war, is now being restored and the connectivity on some routes has already been resumed, she said. She said that there is a plan to extend the railway connectivity to Siliguri, India. Read: Another cyclone coming, alerts PM Hasina Talking about the Madhukhali-Kamarkhali-Magura Rail Line, the PM said the people of Magura will be benefited from the rail connectivity in a larger way once the construction of Padma Bridge is completed. She directed the authorities concerned to expand the new rail line to Kushtia and Meherpur districts Railways Minister Md Nurul Islam Sujan presided over the function joining the function from Magura. PM’s Principal Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus conducted the event while Railways Secretary Md Salim Reza delivered the welcome speech.
Passengers in Bangladesh heaved a sigh of relief as inter-district bus, train and launch services resumed at half of capacity on Monday, 59 days after the suspension amid the worsening Covid-19 situation in the country. The resumption of public transport services has also brought smiles to the faces of transport workers and their owners as they remained idle for about two months with many of them losing jobs during the period. Train services Twenty-eight pairs of intercity trains resumed their services at half of the capacity, maintaining health guidelines after around two months, said Bangladesh Railway officials. The train services in the country were suspended on April 5 as part of the government restrictions on people’s movement to stem the coronavirus transmission. Read: Train services to resume at half capacity from Monday The authorities concerned have been asked to keep half of the train seats vacant for ensuring social distance, said a handout issued by the Railways Ministry on Sunday.
In a major boost for farmers amid the Covid-induced lockdown, Bangladesh Railway has launched a special luggage van service for transporting fruits and vegetables on the Dhaka-Panchagarh route. Deputy Commissioner of Panchagarh, Dr Sabina Yeasmin inaugurated the train service at Panchagarh Rail Station on Monday. Some three metric tonnes of different vegetables, including cucumber, tomato and eggplant, were transported by the wagon on the first trip. Also read: Bangladesh Railway starts transporting sacrificial animals Railway Lalmonirhat Divisional Manager Shah Sufi Nur Mohammad, said, "The government has taken the initiative to facilitate the farmers and traders to transport their goods easily from one district to another district. Already Bangladesh Railway operates a special train for carrying mangoes and a cattle train." "Apart from carrying passengers, the Railway also transports oil, fertilisers and other goods. There are four wagons in the special train, each having a capacity of carrying 40 metric tonnes of vegetables.” According to railway sources, vegetables can be transported to Dhaka by the train three days a week -- Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays. Read Dhaka-Cox’s Bazar train service expected to augment tourism prospects On this train, traders will also enjoy a 25 percent discount on the existing fee on carrying vegetables, fruits and other agricultural items while other charges will be abolished. Panchagarh Railway Station Master Masud Pervez, said, “Traders and farmers can board the train with their products from all stations on the route." However, Rashidul Islam and Badruzzaman Babu, two traders of Panimach Pukuri in Sadar upazila, said, "We will have to calculate our gains before using the train for transporting goods." Also read: For Cumilla residents, unmanned railway crossings become death traps Superintendent of Panchagarh Police Mohammad Yusuf Ali, Zila Parishad Chairman Anwar Sadat, Railway Lalmonirhat Divisional Manager Shah Sufi Nur Mohammad, Sadar Upazila Nirbahi Officer Arif Hossain were present on the occasion. Bangladesh Railway has decided to launch the luggage van to transport vegetables from different parts of the country, Railways Minister Md Nurul Islam Sujan said in April last year. Read Passenger train services to remain suspended during lockdown: Minister Already eight parcel trains are operating to transport agricultural products across the country. Meanwhile, coronavirus claimed 112 more lives in 24 hours till Monday morning, taking the death toll in the country to 10,497. Besides, 4,271 new cases were reported during the period, raising the number of confirmed cases in the country to 723,221. Read NID not mandatory for train travels, buying tickets
A passenger train derailed Sunday north of Cairo, killing at least 11 people, Egyptian authorities said. It was the latest of several rail accidents to hit the country in recent years. Four train wagons ran off the railway at the city of Banha in Qalyubia province, just outside Cairo, the railway authority said in a statement. Videos on social media showed wagons overturned and passengers escaping to safety along the railway. The train was travelling to the Nile Delta city of Mansoura from the Egyptian capital, the statement said. The Health Ministry said in a statement that besides the dead, at least 98 people were injured, with most of them suffering from broken bones, cuts and bruises. At least 60 ambulances were sent to the scene and the injured were taken to nearby hospitals, the ministry added. Salvage teams could be seen searching for survivors and removing the derailed wagons. It was not immediately clear what caused the train to derail. Prosecutors said they were investigating the causes of the crash. The state-run Ahram daily reported that authorities have detained at least 10 railway officials, including the train driver and his assistant, pending an investigation into the crash. Also read: Also read: Train hits truck that slid onto track in Taiwan, killing 51 At Banha University hospital, people lined up to donate blood for the crash victims. Families were also present looking for loved ones who had been travelling on the train. “We were surprised by the strain speeding up,” said Tarek Gomaa, one of the injured. “We found ourselves on top of each other.” Sunday’s train accident came three weeks after two passenger trains collided in the province of Sohag, killing at least 18 people and injuring 200 others, including children. Prosecutors said they found that gross negligence by railway employees was behind the deadly March 25 crash, which caused public outcry across the country Train wrecks and mishaps are common in Egypt, where the railway system has a history of badly maintained equipment and mismanagement. The government says it has launched a broad renovation and modernization initiative. President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi said in March 2018 that the government needs about 250 billion Egyptian pounds, or $14.1 billion, to overhaul the run-down rail system. Also read: Train crashes in eastern Taiwan, killing 48, injuring dozens Hundreds of train accidents are reported every year. In February 2019 an unmanned locomotive slammed into a barrier inside Cairo’s main Ramses railway station, causing a huge explosion and a fire that killed at least 25 people. That crash prompted the then-transportation minister to resign. In August 2017, two passenger trains collided just outside the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, killing 43 people. In 2016, at least 51 people were killed when two commuter trains collided near Cairo. Egypt’s deadliest train crash was in 2002, when over 300 people were killed after a fire broke out in an overnight train traveling from Cairo to southern Egypt.
Bangladesh Railway will operate eight special parcel trains on different routes to transport agricultural goods and other products during the countrywide lockdown to prevent the transmission of Coronavirus. Railways Minister Md Nurul Islam Sujon in a press briefing said the parcel trains will operate alongside the other freight trains amid the lockdown to keep people’s life uninterrupted. Also read: Dhaka-Chattogram freight train service suspended Bangladesh is set to undergo a “strict lockdown” from April 14. The Ministry has taken the decision for continuing the transportation of agricultural goods, he said adding that currently, Bangladesh Railway is transporting oil, fertilizers, and other goods. Train on Dhaka-Sylhet route will start from Dhaka at 3:30 pm and the return train will leave Sylhet at 6:45 am the next day, on Chattogram-Sarishabari route train will leave Chattogram at 3 pm and the return train will leave Sarishabari at 5:30 am the next day. On Saturday, Monday and Wednesday the train on Khulna-Chilahati route will start from Khulna at 3:30 pm and the return train will leave Chilahati at 3:30 pm on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. Also read: Passenger train services to remain suspended during .. Another train will be operated on Bir Muktijoddha Shirajul Islam to Dhaka route on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday
Unveiling a fresh route with the potential of attracting both foreign and domestic tourists, the government is set to launch a Dhaka to Cox’s Bazar train service at the end of next year. The fresh initiative is expected to further boost tourism to the coastal beach town famous for its long, unbroken stretch of natural sandy sea beach, at the southern tip of Bangladesh. The installation of rail tracks for the route will be concluded by December 2022, Railways Minister Nurul Islam Sujan told UNB. “Visitors will be able to travel on train direct from Dhaka to Cox’s Bazar next year. Although the project term was fixed until June 2022, I’m keeping six months in hand,” Sujan said. Two Bangladesh Railway projects are among the ten megaprojects sketched by the government, the minister informed, adding: “One is to install rail tracks from Dohazari to Cox’s Bazar.” Also read: Dohazari-Ghumdhum rail line to connect China, Malaysia: Minister Once it opens, the railway’s expansion in the tourism hotspot of the region will be expanded significantly and at the same time it will contribute for the advancement of the country. To attract the tourists railway stations will be decorated lucratively and safety of the commuters will be ensured, Nurul Islam said.
A train in India crashed into a group of migrant workers walking along the railroad tracks on to their way back to their home state on Friday, killing at least 14, officials and local media said.
Three students were killed and another was injured after a train hit their bike at an unmanned level crossing in Kashiani upazila of Gopalganj on Tuesday.
Train communications on Chattogram-Dhaka and Chattogram-Sylhet routes resumed on Sunday morning after a suspension of seven hours following the derailment of an intercity train in Brahmanpara upazila.