Construction work on Kasba and Saldandi railway stations was again halted due to obstruction by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF). However, the BSF said that there was no obstacle in the construction of the railway bridge over the Salda river.
It is learned that BSF stopped work on Kasba railway station in Brahmanbaria, bridge to be built over Salda river and Salda railway station a year ago due to its proximity to India-Bangladesh international border.
Messrs. Tama Construction Ltd., the builder of the railway bridge and railway station, told the officials that the railway station, the bridge and other structures had fallen within 150 yards of the Indian border. The two countries need to discuss the construction of these installations. So he instructed to stop the works till further instructions. Later, in the last few days, news was published in several media outlets about the closure of the installations.
After the news was published, high level talks were held between the governments of the two countries. Later on December 25 this year, the BSF gave the green signal to resume construction work on the installations. But two days later, on the afternoon of December 26, the Indian border guards again stopped work at Kasba and Salda railway stations. However, the BSF informed the contractor that there was no obstacle in the construction of the railway bridge over the Salda river. In this situation the construction work of Kasba and Salda railway stations came to a halt again.
On condition of anonymity, a side engineer (civil) of Messrs. Tama Construction Ltd., the builder of the railway bridge and railway station, said that the Kasba railway station, Salda railway bridge and Saldandi railway station in Brahmanbaria have been closed for the last one year due to obstruction by the BSF. The BSF told us the reason for the closure was that the installations fell within 150 yards of Nomans Land. The BSF suspended operations citing international legal complications. After the news was published in the media, the BSF gave permission to work again on December 25. Two days later, on the afternoon of December 26, the BSF announced that work on the Salda railway bridge would be completed. They have received the green signal in this regard. They have not yet received the green signal from the upper house to start construction work on Kasba railway station and Salda railway station. Due to which the BSF asked to stop the work of the other two installations.
An official of the Brahmanbaria Sultanpur 60 BGB Battalion, who did not want to be named, said the contractor had said work had stopped. That’s right. However, I do not want to comment on this right now. As it is a matter of two countries, the response will be given later.
Meanwhile, Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Vikram Kumar Doraiswamy, on his way back to his home country India, told reporters that the two countries’ zero-line facilities at the Brahmanbaria Akhaura land port had stopped construction.
Construction of dual gauge railway project from Chimki Astana to Laksam has been completed. In the second phase, construction work of 48 km railway line from Comilla to Akhaura has been hampered. The project is expected to be completed by 2024.