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Dhaka-Jalpaiguri passenger train starts Mar 26

A bi-weekly train service between New Jalpaiguri (NJP) in north Bengal of India and Dhaka is going to start on March 26, the day Bangladesh begins the golden jubilee celebrations of its independence.

A Virtual Summit between the prime ministers of the two countries in December, 2020 initiated to open the train service.

In line with the decision, officials of both the countries on Wednesday took the final decision.

In the meeting, Shahidul Islam, the divisional railway manager of Paksey division, led the Bangladesh team while Ravindra Kumar Verma, divisional railway manager of Katihar division, led Indian part.

According to a Hindustan Times report, the non-stop passenger train with 10 bogeys, running between New Jalpaiguri and Dhaka, will cover a distance of 513km.

This will also be the third passenger train between the two countries.

The other two are: Maitree Express that runs between Kolkata and Dhaka, and Bandhan Express that connects Kolkata and Khulna.

Ravindra Kumar Verma said: “We held a detailed discussion with a team of Bangladesh railway officers led by Mohammed Shahidul Islam, the divisional railway manager of Bangladesh’s railways’ Paksey division, who arrived in Siliguri on February 22.”

The Haldibari-Chilahati (in Bangladesh) train route was opened after a gap of 55 years for goods trains on December 17, 2020.

The passenger train between New Jalpaiguri and Dhaka will take the same route.