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PM Modi, Sheikh Hasina to virtually inaugurate 3 India-assisted projects

03:58 AM Nov 01, 2023 IST | ANI
pm modi  sheikh hasina to virtually inaugurate 3 india assisted projects
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New Delhi, Oct 31: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina will jointly inaugurate three India assisted development projects on Wednesday at 11 a.m. via video conferencing.

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The three projects are Akhaura-Agartala cross-border rail link; Khulna-Mongla Port rail line; and Unit II of the Maitree Super Thermal Power Plant.

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The Akhaura-Agartala cross-border rail link project has been executed under Government of India's grant assistance of Rs 392.52 crore extended to Bangladesh.

The length of the rail link is 12.24 km with a 6.78 km dual gauge rail line in Bangladesh and 5.46 km in Tripura.

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The Khulna-Mongla port rail line project has been implemented under Government of India's concessional line of credit with a total project cost of $388.92 million.

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The project entails construction of approximately 65 km of broad-gauge rail route between Mongla Port and the existing rail network in Khulna.

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With this, Mongla, the second largest port in Bangladesh, will get connected to broad-gauge railway network.

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The Maitree Super Thermal Power project under Indian concessional financing scheme loan of $1.6 billion is a 1320 MW (2x660) super thermal power plant (MSTPP) located in Rampal in Khulna division of Bangladesh.

The project has been implemented by the Bangladesh-India Friendship Power Company (Private) Limited (BIFPCL), which is a 50:50 joint venture company between India's NTPC Ltd and Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB).

Unit I of the Maitree Super Thermal Power Plant was unveiled jointly by both Prime Ministers in September 2022 and Unit 2 will be inaugurated on Wednesday.

The operationalisation of Maitree super thermal power plant will enhance energy security in Bangladesh.

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