He said there was no Intercity Train service on the Kurigram-Dhaka-Kurigram route and the present government has decided to launch an Intercity Train directly from Kurigram to Dhaka.The BR is importing 200 passenger coaches from Indonesia, and of them, 50 coaches have already arrived in the first consignment.
“As per announcement of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina following long-standing demand of people of Rangpur region, we are going to launch three Intercity Trains from Rangpur, Kurigram and Lalmonirhat to Dhaka on October 16,” the Minister said.
“We have sent name of the proposed new Intercity Train as ‘Kurigram Express’ to the Prime Minister,” he said adding that Rangpur Express and Lalmonirhat Express are currently operating from Rangpur and Lalmonirhat to Dhaka.
The passengers of these two Intercity Trains complain that those are old and cannot provide proper services to meet their needs and facilities.
“To resolve these problems, the newly imported passenger coaches will be added to these currently running two Intercity Trains along with launching of the ‘Kurigram Express’ on these routes from October 16 next,” the Minister said.
“Though the railway was running behind, we have started moving the railway forward. Around 100 railway stations are still remaining closed,” he said.The Minister said the damaged railway lines and closed railway stations would be repaired soon and a double line railway project be implemented to further improve railway communication facilities across the country.
Kurigram Zila Parishad Chairman and former Awami League (AL) lawmaker Md. Zafar Ali, Kurigram Deputy Commissioner Sultana Pervin, Police Super Muhibul Islam Khan, General Manager of BR’s Western Zone Harun-Ar-Rashid and its Lalmonirhat Divisional Manager Shafikur Rahman were present.