Third India-Bangladesh passenger train to operate from Wednesday

The train will cover the distance of approximately 513 km

Siliguri (West Bengal):

The railway line linking India and Bangladesh – New Jalpaiguri-Dhaka Cantonment Mitali Express – is ready to operate from Wednesday.

The train would be the third passenger train service, due to be launched from Rail Bhawan to New Delhi on June 1 by the railway ministers of the two 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 about 513 km between New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal and Dhaka Cantonment in Bangladesh in nine hours.

From now on, the train will run with four air-conditioned cabin cars, four air-conditioned chair 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.

“This is a straight through service, with no pantry facility. We have also installed a number of CCTV cameras on the platform and our Railway Protection Force (RPF) staff will be delegate at every corner Border Security Force (BSF) will pick up the train at Haldibari station and deliver it back to Bangladesh on the Zero line,” he added.

A trader at New Jalpaiguri Station, Prem Chand Prasad, said, “It will boost our business and also create job opportunities.”

Tickets for this train are available at the counters of the Overseas Passenger Reservation System at New Jalpaiguri Station and Kolkata Station.

Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Jalpaiguri, Dr. Jayanta Roy has also described as a great opportunity for the people of North Bengal that the Indian Railway is set to launch its first India-Bangladesh train service from from New Jalpaiguri Station (NJP). “Now people can take their journey from NJP to Dhaka in Bangladesh,” he said.

“The new rail services will improve the bilateral trade relations and socio-economic activities of India and Bangladesh. The services will further facilitate passenger travel and greatly benefit the tourism sector of the North Bengal region as well as other ‘other tourism hotspots across India,'” Northeast Frontier Railway Public Relations Manager Sabyasachi De said on Friday.

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Jose P. Rogers