India has began exporting diesel to Bangladesh via rail with the roll-out of first consignment from Siliguri. A goodwill rail rake consignment carrying diesel from Siliguri marketing terminal of Numaligarh Refineries Ltd (NRL) was flagged off on Thursday, an official said. The supply of 2200 tons (2700 kilolitre) diesel of BS III of Euro-III Grade with 350 PPM sulfur content will travel by rail from Siliguri to Parbatipur storage depot of Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) in Bangladesh. From Siliguri, the 42 wagons (each with a capacity of 64 kl) rail consignment will travel over 516 km (253 km in India and 263 km in Bangladesh) on the existing railway line via Rangapani, Singabad, Rohanpur to reach Parbatipur on March 19. Presently Bangladesh has requirement of petroleum products through imports at Chittagong port. The products are subsequently transported to the rest of the country using river route.

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