statesman news service  
NEW DELHI, 5 OCT: Marking a new phase in the deepening bilateral relationship between India and Bangladesh, the two neighbouring countries today jointly inaugurated the India-Bangladesh Grid interconnection project through which India will export 500 MW power to the energy-starved Bangladesh. 
The two countries also jointly laid the foundation stone of  their joint venture power project ~ a 1320 MW coal-fired  power project in Bangladesh.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh joined the inauguration of the India-Bangla transmission line and the laying of the foundation stone for the Maitri super thermal power project from New Delhi through video conference, while his Bangladeshi counterpart Ms Sheikh Hasina was present at a sub-station in western Bheramara, about 240 km from Dhaka.
Mr Singh described the event, consolidating the India-Bangladesh enhanced partnership in the energy sector, as a “historic moment, when we embark on a new partnership for prosperity between our two countries”.
The Maitri thermal power project is being developed by the Bangladesh-India Friendship Power Company, a joint venture between India’s public sector major, the NTPC, and the Bangladesh Power Development Board.