Virtually 10 years after Kolkata-Dhaka passenger prepare change into flagged off after a spot of forty three years, a brand unusual prepare – Bandhan Say – change into inaugurated between Kolkata and Khulna in Bangladesh, keeping a distance of about 172 km, on Thursday.
The air-conditioned weekly passenger prepare, which change into announced for the length of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s India search recommendation from in April, will bustle every Thursday from both Kolkata and Khulna. Railway passenger and freight services between India and the erstwhile East Pakistan [later Bangladesh], which had continued after Independence, had been stopped for the length of the 1965 battle.
The unusual provider change into flagged off by the Prime Minister of India, Prime Minister of Bangladesh and Chief Minister of West Bengal by video conferencing. They also inaugurated the second Bhairab and Titas railway bridges on Dhaka-Chittagong route over the Meghna and Titas rivers respectively in Bangladesh and also the railway passenger terminus with immigration and customs clearance services on the Kolkata blueprint.
The total seating capacity of Bandhan Say is 456, an Eastern Railway spokesman said.
Speaking on the event, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the ties of friendship between India and Bangladesh had additional bolstered by these projects. Mr. Modi said in Bengali, “Aaj ei shubho upolokkhe dui deshbashider amar abhinandan janai. Aaj amader maitree-r bandhan aro sudhriro holo (I congratulate the of us of the 2 countries on this auspicious event. Our friendship got additional bolstered on the present time).”
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the day shall be marked as a “mountainous day for relatives between the 2 countries with the inauguration of the prepare services and the 2 bridges.”
“This prepare provider is a dream strategy just for individuals on both aspects of the border,” she said, including that every body the pre-1965 railway traces between the 2 countries shall be revived. “Some agree with already began and the others too will,” she said.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee described the open as a grand day for India and Bangladesh.”The relatives between the 2 countries will improve in future,” she said.