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  • PM Modi, and the Bangladeshi counterpart, Sheikh Hasina, jointly unveiled e-plaques for two projects, via video conference.
  • The projects include: (a) India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline (b) Dhaka-Tongi-Joydebpur Railway Project
  • India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline:
  •  The 129 km pipeline will connect Siliguri in West Bengal in India and Parbatipur in Dinajpur district of Bangladesh.
  •  The Rs 346 crore project will be completed in 30 months and the capacity of the pipeline will be one million metric tonnes per annum.
  • The oil pipeline will supply high speed diesel to Bangladesh which is currently transported through cross-border train from Numaligarh refinery.
  •  Of the total length, 124 km will be constructed in Bangladesh and 5 km in India.
  • The cross-border connectivity projects through Bangladesh complement India’s Act East Policy and aim to smoothen connectivity with landlocked NE India.

Dhaka-Tongi-Joydebpur Railway Project:

  •  80 km of the two new dual gauge rail lines would be constructed on the Dhaka-Tongi route while a 12.28 km new dual gauge railway double line on the Tongi-Joydevpur route.
  •  The railway project will bring relief to road traffic in Bangladesh.

India to use Chittagong and Mongla Ports:

  • With these ports the states of Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram will have another mode of transport, making the region more accessible.
  • These accesses are granted as per GATT rules.
  • The agreement, effective for five years initially, will be renewed automatically for another five years.
  • While the pact will be signed between Bangladesh and India, later Nepal and Bhutan can join.
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