PM Modi, Sheikh Hasina launch passenger train between Kolkata and Bangladesh

Modi and Hasina will jointly launch a cross-country passenger train service today

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Thursday launched a new passenger train service between Khulna and Kolkata through a video conference, reports UNB.

The global rail Ppassenger terminus at Chitpur in Kolkata will make it possible for Indian passengers traveling to Dhaka or Khulna in Bangladesh by Maitree Express or the newly launched Bandhan Express to get immigration clearance before boarding the trains.

While the train had an inaugural run on Thursday, the commercial service will begin November 16.

An global rail passenger terminal was also inaugurated at Chitpur in Kolkata for passengers of the Moitree Express between Kolkata and Dhaka.

This is the second train service launched between the two countries after the introduction of Maitree Express between Kolkata and Dhaka in 2008.

According to Railways officials, the travelling distance between Kolkata and Khulna is almost 172 km, which the train will cover in approximately five hours.

The prime minister said this is the fulfilment of a long cherished dream as these initiatives along with a new International Passenger Terminal at Chitpur, Kolkata will facilitate comfortable journey between Dhaka-Kolkata and Khulna-Kolkata.

She expressed optimism that these services would give a boost to cultural exchanges and tourism between the people of the two countries.

Our Benaploe correspondent adds: The Bondhon Express began its trial run from Kolkata with an 18-member Indian delegation on board. It runs six days a week from each side, covering a distance of 375 km.

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The newly introduced end-to-end immigration and custom clearance services for Maitree Express passengers in Kolkata and Dhaka will bring down the travel time between the two cities by three hours.

Rail bridges over river Titas and Bhairabh in Bangladesh were also launched, to speed up connectivity between Dhaka and Chittagong. Immigration and customs facilities were also inaugurated at Kolkata station.

The two railway bridges have been built at a cost of $100 million, which has been met from India's $8 billion soft loan to Bangladesh.

The resumption of the train connection was among the 22 agreements Bangladesh and Indian signed in April this year to improve people-to people contact between the two next-door neighbours.

She said today is yet another happy occasion in Bangladesh-India relations.

"I believe that relations between leaders of neighbouring countries should be like neighbours".

The Indian prime minister also expressed joy over the fact that India was an important development partner of Bangladesh now, and diplomatic ties between the countries had reached new heights.

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