Printed on Thu Jun 30 2022 4:05:00 PM

Bangladesh-India passenger train will be launched soon

International Desk
Bangladesh-India passenger train
The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has agreed to resume passenger train with Bangladesh which were closed due to corona. The decision was taken on Monday after a series of meetings with various organizations in Bangladesh and India.

Last week, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, Railways, Bureau of Immigration and Security agreed to run the train, a senior Indian Home Ministry official said.

However, discussions are underway on safety, health protection and preparation of railways.

Before the commencement of public trains on the Bangladesh-India route, the transit points including Chitpur and Haridaspur need clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs.

However, the citizens of the two countries have been demanding for a long time to run train on this route.

A senior Indian Home Ministry official said Bangladesh had proposed to resume train services between the two countries on Independence Day, March 26. It was not possible due to lack of preparation. However, with the approval of the ministry, it is now possible to launch it within a week.

Between India and Bangladesh, Maitree Express operates on Dhaka-Kolkata route and Bondhan Express operates on Khulna-Kolkata route. Two trains were stopped on March 15, 2020 to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

On March 26 last year, another passenger train, the Mitali Express, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It is also expected to resume when train service between the two countries start.
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