Indian Railways PSU Rites exports modern passenger coaches to Bangladesh
RITES Ltd., a PSU under the Ministry of Railways, has supplied 60 Broad Gauge passenger coaches (LHB type) to Bangladesh Railway (BR) against a contract agreement of 120 coaches. An intercity train with these coaches was flagged off at Dhaka by H.E. Sheikh Hasina, Hon’ble Prime Minister of Bangladesh in presence of H.E. Mazbul Haque, Hon’ble Railway Minister of Bangladesh and H.E Harsh Vardhan Shringla, High Commissioner of India in Bangladesh.
Two train sets, comprising of 12 coaches each- 2 AC chair car, 2 first AC sleeper car, 6 non-AC chair car and 2 power car, will presently be deployed to operate 3 pairs of inter-city trains between Dhaka and Rajshahi. These modern stainless steel coaches manufactured by Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, are equipped with Fiat bogies capable of running at maximum speed of 160 kmph.
RITES had earlier supplied 26 Broad Gauge diesel electric locomotives (3100 HP) manufactured by Diesel Locomotive Works , Varanasi which are successfully running broad gauge trains of Bangladesh Railway.
Shri Rajeev Mehrotra, Chairman and Managing Director, RITES said that RITES is making all efforts to augment export of rolling stock manufactured at Indian Railways Production Units. Response from South Asian markets is very encouraging.