New Delhi: RITES, a PSU under rail ministry, has supplied 60 broad gauge passenger coaches (LHB type) to Bangladesh Railway (BR) against a contract agreement of 120 coaches.
An intercity train with these Indian coaches was flagged off at Dhaka by Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina.
Two train sets, comprising 12 coaches each – 2 AC chair car, 2 first AC sleeper car, 6 non-AC chair car and 2 power car, will presently be deployed to operate 3 pairs of inter-city trains between Dhaka and Rajshahi.
An official said these modern stainless steel coaches manufactured by Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, are equipped with Fiat bogies capable of running at maximum speed of 160 kmph.
RITES had earlier supplied 26 broad gauge diesel electric locomotives (3100 HP) manufactured by Diesel Locomotive Works, Varanasi which are successfully running broad gauge trains of Bangladesh Railway.
CMD RITES Rajeev Mehrotra said that RITES is making all efforts to augment export of rolling stock manufactured at Indian Railways Production Units. Response from South Asian markets is very encouraging, he added.