January 24, 2021

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File photo of Bangabandhu Railway Bridge. Dhaka Tribune

She said that the government will set up a rail line from Dhaka to Payra Port via Barisal and Patuakhali

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the government is working to establish a rail network across the country for providing transportation to people and goods at a cheaper rate.

“There will be a rail line from Dhaka to Chattogram, Chittagong to Cox’s Bazar and Ghundum. We’ll build the Railways stronger and we have plans,” she said on Sunday.

The prime minister said this while laying the foundation stone of 4.8km long double-line dual-gauge Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Railway Bridge over river Jamuna aimed at increasing the rail communication between the capital and western zone of the railway.

She said that the government will set up a rail line from Dhaka to Payra Port via Barisal and Patuakhali.

“We’ll start a feasibility study, we’ve taken initiative in that regard,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said that after assuming power, the government has done a massive expansion in the railway sector through various steps including procuring new locomotives and compartments.

“Now, Railways are giving service to the people, contributing especially in carrying goods, above all during the Covid-19 Railways is giving the highest service to the people,” she said.


Also read: PM lays foundation stone of Bangabandhu Rail Bridge


Recalling the suicidal decision of the BNP government to strangle the railway sector, the prime minister said that the government again revived the sector through various time-befitting decisions.

“Railways now is the place of highest confidence among the people, which will contribute a lot to our economy I think,” she said.

She said that the government is developing and modernising the communication network of the whole country apart from diversifying it so that it could contribute a lot in enhancing the socio-economic condition of the people.

“We’re working to keep our eyes on that matter,” she added.

She mentioned that the government is implementing various massive development programmes for the overall development of water, rail and airways.

“By this, the economy of the government will be stronger and powerful,” she said, adding that she believes that communication moves the economy and brings economic solvency among the people.

Railways Minister Md Nurul Islam Sujan, Ambassador of Japan Ito Naoki and Railways secretary Md Selim Reza also spoke at the program.

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By Amit Pandey

New Delhi [India], November 12 (ANI): Aiming at safe and timely transportation of the COVID-19 patients to hospitals and healthcare facilities, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain launched Jeevan Seva app on Thursday.

Jain said that the Delhi government launched the Jeevan Seva app to facilitate Delhi citizens in home isolation.

“From health check-ups, ambulance requirements to admission in hospitals, health amenities are now just a click away. With this app, you will get access to an e-vehicle, which will provide free pick-up and drop services. Each vehicle will be properly sanitised after every ride,” the health minister said.

He also tweeted: “…This will facilitate hassle-free transport to and from hospitals and COVID centres free of cost.”

The app was launched in collaboration with EVERA cab services. Electric Vehicles will be used as ambulances to transfer non-critical patients to healthcare facilities within Delhi.

Patients can download the app through a link sent through SMS and QR code to them.

The minister added that drivers will be informed through the app, and will reach the patient once the pick-up location is automatically captured.

“The availability of real-time GPS tracking will make monitoring smoother. Dedicated supervisors will be monitoring the situation round the clock. The drivers are trained and will be complying with safety guidelines such as wearing PPE kits, besides being well equipped with sanitizers. The cabin will be insulated as well,” Jain stated.

The minister added the app will add efficiency to Delhi’s emergency commute services by enabling more availability of ambulances to cater to serious requests in time.

“The patient will be apprised of pick-up time and can contact the driver through the app only, reducing the anxiety regarding the availability of ambulance. The process is all digital and it will give a touch-free convenient drive to patients,” Jain added. (ANI)

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A new initiative by the Transportation Ministry plans to expand the availability of public transportation in the West Bank.

The plan includes an outline for the short term up until 2025, medium term up to 2035, and the long term up to 2045.

Building infrastructure in the West Bank is a project faced with several obstacles, such as dealing with the large area the plan has to cover, and navigating the multiple ruling bodies in the area such as the local councils, the IDF and the Palestinian Authority. 

“Today is an exciting day for the settlements and for the State of Israel, which is building and is being built in all areas of the country,” said Transportation Minister 

Miri Regev

“After listening to the needs of the people in the field, and seeing the strategic needs of the area, I am proud to present the result of this process we’ve had at our office, which presents a holistic vision to all fields of transportation and which supports future plans for the area,” she said. “I am glad to say that the plan was made in cooperation with the local authorities which incorporates both local needs and national vision.”

“It’s exciting to see the plan for transportation in Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Rift Valley after 53 years of settlements existing,” said Yesha Council head David Elhayani. Addressing Regev, he said that “you were given the right to enact this plan. Had it been made 10 years ago, [it] would have brought about 10 million Israelis to live here. 

“This plan connects the settlements to the rest of the country and acts as de facto sovereignty,” he said. “It’s time to turn it into a practical thing in the area.”

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