Bangladesh Railways authorities on Monday signed a contract with a Chinese joint venture company to procure 125 luggage vans for carrying agricultural products.
The vans would be used to carry agricultural products directly from the farmers to the consumers so that the farmers could get justified prices for their products, said the railways minister Nurul Islam Sujan.
The minister was addressing the contract signing ceremony held at Rail Bhaban, said a press release issued by the ministry.
The 75 metre gauge and 50 broad gauge vans will be collected within 27 months from the contract signing date at a cost of around Tk 358.39 crore and financial support from the Asian Development Bank.
The Rolling Stock Operations Improvement Project director Md Mizanur Rahman on behalf of the railway and CNTIC deputy general manager Yang Bing on behalf of the joint venture firm CNTIC-Rail Teco-Jinxi signed the contract.
Nurul Islam Sujan said that the government had taken many initiatives for improving goods carrying services by the railway.
Railway carried mangoes from Rajshahi along with vegetables and essentials during the coronavirus pandemic and sacrificial animals during the immediate past Eid-ul-Azha, he mentioned.
Replying a question of the journalists, he said that no plan had been taken to hike train fare while a committee presented a report to the ministry recently.
According to the railway, the luggage vans will be able to carry common and special products including food and essential products as those have stainless steel body, high speed, automatic air brake system and air-conditioning system.
The supplier company will start supplying the vans within 20 months from the signing of the contract and will finish the supply within 27 months.
Railways ministry secretary Md Selim Reza and Bangladesh Railway director general Md Shamsuzzaman also attended the ceremony.