read it, chi chi chi. taka halal kore kha bhai
What amazes me is that the BR gandoos never even 'thought' about ToT while contemplating these humongous orders. These people don't deserve anything less than a summary full-labor jail term for the graft they committed..
By the way the Indian coaches cost BDT 1 million more (each) compared to Indonesian coaches. Also, since Indonesia is a fellow Muslim country we should buy from them in the future....
Local press comments about sub-par quality in Indian coaches....
120 Indian LHB broad gauge coaches were bought for Tk 425. This included, "17 air conditioned first class, 17 AC chair cars, 34 non-AC chair cars with pantry, 33 non-AC chair cars with prayer room and 19 power car coaches".
Now mind you, broad gauge coaches have higher capacity than meter gauge ones. On an average, each Indian coach cost TK 3.54 Crore.
The Indonesian contract was worth Tk 562 Crore. This included 100 meter gauge and 50 broad gauge coaches, all of which have a lower maximum permissible speed compared to the Indian coaches. "The broad-gauge batch includes four sleeping cars, four first-class coaches, 25 non-air-conditioned saloons, eight dining cars, and five generator cars. The metre-gauge batch comprises 13 air-conditioned standard-class sleeping cars, six first-class sleepers, 24 executive cars, 36 non-air conditioned economy coaches, 13 dining cars, and eight generator cars."
The average price of Indonesian coach is Tk 3.74 Crore, 2/3rd of which are lower capacity meter gauge coaches.
As for the teething issues with the Indian coaches, that's expected given then poor condition of Bangladesh railway tracks. Even the Chinese coaches/DEMU faced similar issues in their initial days.
Dhaka happy with first batch of Indian coaches
"The first consignment have been tested by our experts…Everything is satisfactory as agreed with the Indian company," said Md Feroz Salah Uddin, railways secretary. "Our rail coaches are old and can't be repaired properly due to the shortage of coaches. Once new carriages are added, we will be able to repair the old ones thoroughly and then the service will increase significantly," he added. Consignment from Indonesia has already been shipped, he said.