India and Bangladesh launch third passenger train service

NEW DELHI (ANI) – India’s Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and his Bangladeshi counterpart Mohammad Nurul Islam Sujon recently reported the ‘Mitali Express’ between New Jalpaiguri (India) and Dhaka (Bangladesh) via video conference.

New Jalpaiguri-Dhaka Cantonment train No. 13132 will run two days a week, Sunday and Wednesday and for the return, train No. 13131, Dhaka Cantonment-New Jalpaiguri, Mitali Express will run every Monday and Thursday.

This is the third passenger train between the two nations.

Speaking on the occasion, Vaishnaw called the Mitali Express “another milestone” in strengthening the friendship between the two nations.

“The relationship between India and Bangladesh is based on our common heritage, our common present and our common future. The development we have in the two countries today is greatly accelerated by the warm friendship between the two nations at all levels,” he said.

“Mitali Express will be another step in increasing this friendship, in strengthening this bond, in improving this relationship,” the Minister of Railways added.

The minister recalled India’s aid to the neighboring country during the Covid pandemic and said that India had transported around 4,000 tons of liquid oxygen and that was another small small contribution to friendship between the two countries.

Bangladesh Railways Minister, Mohammad Nurul Islam Sujon, speaking on the occasion, remembered the Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the liberation of Bangladesh (then East Pakistan).

The minister also spoke about his government’s plan to convert all railways to broad gauge to be on par with neighboring countries.

New Jalpaiguri-Dhaka Cantonment Train No. 13132 will run two days a week, i.e. Sunday and Wednesday and for the return, Train No. 13131, Dhaka Cantonment-New Jalpaiguri, Mitali Express will run every Monday and Thursday.

The train will cover the distance of approximately 513 km from New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal to Dhaka Cantonment in Bangladesh in nine hours. From now on, the train will run with four air-conditioned cabin cars and four air-conditioned seat cars and will be hauled by a diesel locomotive.

Suvendhu Kumar Chaudhury, DRM, Katihar Division of Northeast Frontier Railway said, “We are ready to start services, the train is ready with maximum facilities. About 15-20 passengers have already booked their tickets for the first trip. »

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