Rites exports modern passenger coaches to Bangladesh

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New Delhi, June 30 (IANS) The Ministry of Railways on Thursday said its public sector undertaking Rites Ltd has supplied 60 broad gauge passenger coaches to Bangladesh Railway (BR) against a contract agreement of 120 coaches.

Company Chairman and Managing Director Rajeev Mehrotra said that the company is making all efforts to augment export of rolling stock manufactured at Indian Railways production units.

Response from south Asian markets is very encouraging, he said.

Two train sets, comprising of 12 coaches each – two AC chair cars, two first AC sleeper cars, six non-AC chair cars and two power cars, will presently be deployed to operate 3 pairs of inter-city trains between Dhaka and Rajshahi, a release said.

“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,” the Ministry said in a statement.

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The train with these coaches was flagged off at Dhaka by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in presence of Railway Minister Mazbul Haque and Indian High Commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla.

The company had earlier supplied 26 broad gauge diesel electric locomotives (3100 HP) manufactured by Varanasi’s Diesel Locomotive Works to the neighbouring country.



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