Bangladesh Railway (BR) faces a significant locomotive crisis following the cancellation of a project to acquire 70 locomotives. This failure to implement the project has had a detrimental impact on BR’s services and financial stability. To address the situation, BR has prepared a new project to buy 30 locomotives (MG) at a cost of Tk 2,247 crore, which is Tk 301 crore more than the original cost of the 70 locomotive projects. However, the cancellation of the previous project worsens the locomotive crisis as a considerable number of existing locomotives have exceeded their economic lifespan.
BR currently operates outdated locomotives, with over 82% of meter gauge (MG) locomotives and 55% of broad-gauge (BG) locomotives considered overaged. The cancellation of the projects, which aimed to mitigate the crisis, will result in a delay of four to five years in acquiring new locomotives.
BR has submitted a Pre-Development Project Proposal (PDPP) for the new project, seeking foreign loans and potential funding from South Korea and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). This funding will be crucial in addressing the locomotive crisis and improving BR’s services.