China Railway Group wins $3.14bn Bangladesh rail line contract

Padma Bridge

Aug 12, 2016 – China Railway Group has signed a $3.14bn contract with Bangladesh Railway for the construction of the Padma Bridge Rail Link project in Bangladesh.

The 168.6km, single-track rail line will originate from the existing Dhaka station and will pass through the Padma Multi-Purpose Bridge, which is under construction, via Mawa to reach Jessore via Bhanga.

The middle section of the line will connect with the existing Rajbari-Kashiani Railway and Faridpur-Bhanga Railway. The entire line will represent the new framework for the Southwest Bangladesh railway network.

The project will include the construction of bridges, roadbeds, ancillary works, track-laying works and communication signals.

It will also involve the construction of station buildings and ancillary works, purchase of vehicles, construction design, training programmes and remedying defects upon completion of the rail line.

The line will have a target speed of 120kmph and is expected to be built within four-and-a-half years.

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