India inked a 21st century nuclear agreement with Bangladesh to engage the bilateral neighbourhood relationship between two nations.
The core of the Agreement
- Energy ii. Connectivity iii.Security
- Signed between Minister of External Affairs and Bangladesh Department of Science and Technology
- Prime Minister NarendraModi and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated a 100MW power transmission line from Palatana to Bangladesh
- India is working to upgrade the power transmission line to 500MW
- Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan visited the Dhaka and assured to send diesel to Bangladesh from West Bengal.
India efforts to support Bangladesh:
- India requirestransporting LPG and LNG to the northeastern states — through Bangladesh.
- Four Indian based companies — BHEL, Reliance, Shapoorji-Pallonji and Adani — have bid to set up power plants in Bangladesh.
- The Indian nuclear deal will equip and train Bangladesh to import their first nuclear power plant from Russia.
Comfort Factor – Both land and maritime boundaries are now clearly demarcated
Implementation of the Land Boundary Agreement has made it easier to plan roads and railways to Bangladesh.
Future projects in Bangladesh with India:
- Revive the train lines that were operational between the two sides
- Bridge on the Feni river
- Water deal, particularly on Teesta and Feni
India has assured to deliver. In the new evolving relationship, both sides are willing to give each other some space.