Prime minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the export of 100 MW power from India to Bangladesh and 10 GBPS internet bandwidth from Bangladesh to India today.
Agartala has become third station connected to submarine cable for internet bandwidth after Chennai and Mumbai while the state also landed in global power map by starting supply of electricity from Suryamaninagar grid to the grid in Commilla of southeast Bangladesh.
India-Bangladesh ties have shown increasing warmth since Sheikh Hasina came to office in 2008, and especially so in the past several years, after the two countries resolved a maritime boundary dispute in 2014 and settled a land boundary dispute last year.
Recalling the contributions of the Father of the Nation to the welfare of Islam, Hasina said Bangabandhu had reorganised and expanded madrasa education board, and declared Shab-e-Barat and Shab-e-Qadr as public holidays. "The opening of eastern gateway in association with Bangladesh will bring connectivity to eastern region particularly Assam, Tripura and Sikkim", Modi said.
An worldwide bandwidth cable is present at Cox's Bazaar in Bangladesh.
"During the meeting, the Bangladesh prime minister was very keen to get more power from India as the country needs 8,000 MW of electricity to meet its needs".
The two prime ministers inaugurated the two initiatives through video conferencing.
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In addition, India's NTPC and Bangladesh' BPDB has entered into a Joint venture (BIFPCL) for commissioning of the 1320 MW Rampal power project for which India's BHEL has been recently identified as the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor.
While talking about the Bangladesh-India T20 cricket match to be held later in the day, Modi said cricket gives energy on friendly sports rising above win-defeat like electricity gives power.
In her speech, Hasina said: "We always remember India's cooperation during the liberation movement in 1971".
"When the Bangladeshi prime minister had visited Tripura in January 2012, she sought power from the Tripura power project and we readily accepted the demand".
Modi said the power transmission to Bangladesh has provided yet another opportunity for the development of the south Asian nation. She thanked her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and Tripura's Chief Minister Manik Sarkar for their cooperation.
The cost of the project is Rs. 1.91 crore with operational expenditure annually to the tune of around Rs. 7.2 crore. The link which will deliver a bandwidth of 10 gbps, and can be extended up to 40 gbps.
India is already supplying 500 MW of power to Bangladesh through the Bahrampur-Bheramara inter-connection and supply of another 500 MW through the same interconnection was also announced during Modi's 2015 visit.