State-owned Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) has entered into an agreement with an Indian joint venture company (JV) of Transrail Lighting Limited and ITD Cementation India Limited, for the construction of about 9 km of transmission line over the Jamuna River as part of the 400 kV Bogra–Kaliakoir transmission line.
PGCB has signed another separate agreement with Transrail Lighting for two bay extension works at the 400 kV Kaliakoir grid substation. The Jamuna river-crossing section is estimated to cost around BDT21.93 billion, while the two bay extension works at the Kaliakoir substation will cost about BDT430 million. In the case of the line section, a total of 14 high and strong towers will be constructed along the river bed and two ends of the Jamuna to cross the river. The works are being executed under PGCB’s larger 400 kV Barapukuria–Bogra–Kaliakoir transmission line project, which is jointly being funded by the second Indian line of credit (for financing infrastructure projects in Bangladesh), the government of Bangladesh, and PGCB. As per the agreements, the contractors are expected to complete the river-crossing transmission line within the next 24 months and the bay extension within the next 18 months, and hand them over to PGCB.