Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi jointly launched operation of 'Bandhan Express' on Khulna-Kolkata route and a nonstop train service of Maitree Express on Dhaka-Kolkata route Thursday (Nov 9). Besides, two rail bridges connecting Dhaka with Sylhet and Chittagong were also opened in the same program.
The two premiers along with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the train service through a videoconferencing from Dhaka and New Delhi. Moreover, they also launched an ‘end-to-end’ immigration and customs operation to ease Dhaka-Kolkata Maitree Train services.
The Bangladesh PM opened the projects from her official Ganabhaban residence in Dhaka, while Narendra Modi inaugurated the schemes from his office in New Delhi. West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee joined the inauguration from Kolkata.
The Khulna-Kolkata train Bandhan Express was launched to ease further communication between the two neighboring countries.
Bandhan Express is scheduled to carry passengers from Nov 16.
According to the schedule, it would leave Kolkata at 11 a.m. (Indian time) and reach Khulna within only four and a half hours by plying 177 kilometers.