Council okays construction of fencing boxes near zero line | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, February 25, 2008 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, February 25, 2008

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Council okays construction of fencing boxes near zero line

The advisory council approved a proposal for constructing fencing boxes inside Bangladesh and India 150 yards from the zero point for operating passenger-train services between the two countries.
A weekly meeting of the council of advisers, chaired by Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed, approved the proposal, incorporating the new provision in the draft agreement on cross-border passenger train movement.
The new provision says, "Considering the security of passengers and trains, the government of India and the government of Bangladesh may construct a box-type temporary fencing from zero point along the railway of the respective territories on a mutually agreed drawing and design."
It adds: "The arrangement made under the provision shall not be used or quoted as reference for any other situation of similar nature or other purposes, including strategic or defence."
The agreement on running passenger trains between Bangladesh and India was signed in July 2001 in Dhaka for three years. The agreement was not renewed on time, but later it was extended up to July 11, 2010.
Recently, two decorated trains from the two sides had moved across the border on inaugural run.

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