Eastern Times Correspondent, Dhaka, 2 March: The passenger train between New Jalpaiguri (NJP) in India’s West Bengal state and Dhaka will start on March 26, as part of Bangladesh’s independence golden jubilee celebrations.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who travels to Dhaka on March 26, and Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina are expected to flag off the new train service as part of the efforts to revive the rail connectivity that had existed till 1965 between the countries.
According to Bangladesh Railway sources, the train will run directly from Dhaka to New Jalpaiguri Rail Junction in India on the Chilahati-Haldibari route to mark the 50th anniversary of independence. said a press release.
Its arrival and departure time, fare, immigration and name will be decided through discussions at the official level of the Railways Ministries of both countries.
Custom and immigration facilities will be provided at NJP and Dhaka railway stations.
The train will run from NJP on Thursdays and Fridays and Dhaka on Fridays and Tuesdays.
Mohammed Shahidul Islam, the Divisional Railway Manager of Paksey division said that “in the next phase, we will connect Nepal and Bhutan.”
“With the Partition in 1947, railway connectivity between these two stations had been severed. “People of both the countries suffered a lot of connectivity issues and wanted this route to be revived,” he added.