The President of India Pranab Mukherjee and the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina on 5 March 2013 jointly inaugurated the locomotives and tank wagons being supplied to Bangladesh under the 800 million US Dollar line of credit that was provided by India.
The freight train was inaugurated at Dhaka cantonment railway station. The freight train comprised of twenty broad gauge tank wagons, two locomotives and one brake van.
Inauguration of the railway wagons as well as locomotives in Dhaka was a part of the implementation of 14 projects which were approved under the 800 million US dollar credit line provided by India to Bangladesh.
Out of the total of 14 projects, 12 are the railway projects which encompass four infrastructure development projects as well as eight rolling stock projects, which in turn will be implemented at an overall cost of 629 million US dollars approximately.
Bangladesh Railway on the other hand, is making use of the funds for revamping the rolling stock with the purchase of broad gauge latest locomotives, broad gauge tank wagons, brake vans as well as AC coaches.
It is important to note that the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee was on a three-day visit to Bangladesh and returned back on 5 March 2013.