A visiting Indian delegation on Thursday said the main construction work of Khulna-Mongla railway lines will begin in three months.
Talking to journalists after visiting Khulna-Mongla railway lines project, Rampal coal-based power plant and proposed economic zone, the delegation chief and Indian External Affairs Division Joint Secretary Ajit Guha said the railway project would be implemented on priority basis after the acquiring of land.
Referring to the construction of Bangladesh-India joint-venture coal-based power plant at Rampal, he said the government of Bangladesh will monitor the impact of the project on the world heritage site- the Sundarbans.
He said they, too, want that the world lone mangrove forest is not affected.
Indian External Affairs Deputy Secretary Prem K. Nayar, Indian High Commission official Debanjan Roy and Exim Bank representatives were present, among others, on the occasion.
The government has a project for the construction of 86.87-kilometer Khulna-Mongla railway lines with joint financing by Bangladesh and India.
The construction of 5.13-kilomer railways over the river Rupsha has already started.
To serve the passengers, there will be eight stations at Fultala, Arongghata, Mohammadnagar, Katakhali, Chulkathi, Bhaga, Digraj and Mongla.
Indian company CEG Nippon Koi JV is working as the consultant of the project.