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NJP-Dhaka train rolls out on March 26

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A passenger train between New Jalpaiguri (NJP) and Dhaka will be flagged off on March 26 by the Prime Ministers of the two countries to commemorate 50 years of independence of Bangladesh and five decades of Indo-Bangla friendship.
Diplomats said plans were also afoot to run Darjeeling Mail and a few other trains through Bangladesh to reduce running time between NJP and Kolkata. The trains will enter Bangladesh and then re-enter India through the Gede border, an official said.
The NJP-Dhaka train will cover over 500km in 9 hours and 15 minutes. The Haldibari-Chilahati (in Bangladesh) rail route reopened on December 17, 2020, and goods trains are currently using it. Now, a passenger train will run on the route, which was in use before the 1965 Indo-Pak War. Customs and immigration facilities will be provided at NJP and Dhaka railway stations, the official said. Railway officials of India and Bangladesh held a meeting in Siliguri on Wednesday on the new train. The non-stop bi-weekly train will depart from NJP on Mondays and Thursdays and arrive at NJP from Dhaka on Fridays and Tuesdays.

Ravindra Kumar Verma, DRM of India’s Katihar division, said: “We held discussions with Bangladesh railway officials headed by Mohammed Shahidul Islam, the DRM of Paksey division.” Islam said: “The government of Bangladesh wanted to run the train between Siliguri and Dhaka. Owing to unavailable infrastructure, the train will start from NJP.”

A senior official said issues such as immigration checks at Haldibari station were yet to be finalized, as there is no infrastructure there. The MHA is yet to clear the force that will escort the train to the Indian border.

Source: Timesofindia

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