Release date: November 12, 2023 10:12
Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh: The Dohazari-Cox’s Bazar Railway, one of Bangladesh’s priority development projects, was inaugurated here on Saturday to enhance connectivity and transport infrastructure in the South Asian country.
The 103.5 km railway was funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and partially built by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) and China Railway Corporation (CREC).
Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Yao Wen attended the inauguration ceremony.
In her speech delivered at the event, Prime Minister Hasina said that today is a proud day.
“The long wait for the residents of Cox’s Bazar has finally come to an end. There is a long-standing demand in the region. That demand is being met today,” Hasina said, adding that the rail connectivity marks the beginning of a new era. He added that
Chen Yongyi, project manager for the second section, told Xinhua that the railway will reduce travel time between Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar from six hours to two hours, making it an important route in Bangladesh’s trans-Asian railway network. He said it will play an important role. One of the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar economic corridors.
The second section of the project was constructed by CCECC in close collaboration with local partner Max Group.
“Today is a very good and fun day for us. It was very pleasant to work with this Chinese company. They are very professional. We were able to successfully complete this project. Perhaps I It is one of the best and most interesting projects that we have done in Bangladesh,” said Mr. Ghulam. Max Group Chairman Mohamed Alomgil told Xinhua.
Ke Changliang, chairman of CCECC Bangladesh Limited and chairman of the Bangladesh Chinese Enterprise Association, told Xinhua that this is the first completed railway project by a joint venture between Chinese and Bangladeshi companies, and that extensive consultation, joint contribution and sharing He said that he is emphasizing the concept of Benefits of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
Cooperation between companies from both countries and the local infrastructure industry was also effectively promoted, he added.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Belt and Road, which aims to create a trade and infrastructure network linking Asia, Europe and Africa along the ancient Silk Road route and beyond.