India-Bangladesh Friendship: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline on Saturday (March 18). Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was also present in this program organized online. PM Modi said on this occasion that a new chapter has started regarding the relationship between the two countries. We laid its foundation in September 2018. I am glad that today the opportunity has come to inaugurate it with PM Sheikh Hasina.
PM Modi said that I am confident that this pipeline will further accelerate the development of Bangladesh, and will also be an excellent example of increasing connectivity between the two countries. He further said that as a result of this, during the Kovid epidemic, we were able to send oxygen etc. to Bangladesh through the rail network. I heartily congratulate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ji for her far-sighted vision.
‘A good example’
PM Modi said that it is a good coincidence that today’s inauguration is taking place a day after the birth anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Bangabandhu’s ‘Shonar Bangla’ The vision included harmonious development and prosperity of the entire region. This joint project is a perfect example of their vision.
How much electricity is India giving?
PM Modi told that India is supplying more than 1100 MW electricity to Bangladesh. The first unit of Maitri Super Thermal Power Project has been commissioned. It was inaugurated last year during PM Sheikh Hasina’s visit to India. Now we are working towards starting the second unit soon. Please tell that this is the first cross-border pipeline between the two countries. It has been built at a cost of about Rs 377 crore. Out of the total cost, Rs 285 crore has been spent on laying the pipeline in Bangladesh. This amount has been spent by India under grant aid.
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