Passenger train service with India set to resume by March 26

TBS Report

March 17, 2022, 9:20 p.m.

Last modification: March 18, 2022, 09:50

A Maitree Express train. Photo: Collected

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A Maitree Express train. Photo: Collected

Passenger train service between Bangladesh and India is expected to be restored by March 26 after a two-year hiatus, Bangladesh Railway officials have said.

The Ministry of Railways has called an inter-ministerial meeting next Sunday to confirm the date, officials said.

The meeting was scheduled after Indian Railways wrote to Bangladesh asking for the resumption of passenger train service between the two neighboring countries, Sardar Shahadat Ali, additional general manager (operation) of Indian Railways, told media on Thursday. Bangladeshi iron.

Passenger train services between Bangladesh and India were suspended in March 2020 following the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Prior to the suspension, two trains operated between the countries – Maitree Express on the Dhaka-Kolkata route and Bandhan Express on the Khulna-Kolkata route.

According to media reports, a third passenger train, Mitali Express, is expected to start running between Dhaka and West Bengal’s New Jalpaiguri later this month.

Maitree Express is the first modern, fully air-conditioned international express train service linking Dhaka and Kolkata.

Launched in 2008, it is also the first train to operate between the countries since the partition of India by the British in 1947. Later in 2017, Bandhan Express was launched on the Khulna-Kolkata route.

Jose P. Rogers