Trial bus service from Bangladesh's Dhaka to Kathmandu in Nepal through India's Shiliguri has been flagged off.
Two buses carrying 80 delegates of the three nations and led by BRTC Chairman Fariduddin Ahmed left the BRTC international depot, Motijheel, Dhaka, on Monday morning.
The bus service started under the 'Bangladesh Bhutan India and Nepal (BBIN)' 'Motor Vehicle Agreement (MVA)' agreement signed between the countries.
The buses will reach Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 26, via Shiliguri, scrutinising in detail all the aspects of the journey. They will submit a report, based on which a protocol will be signed.
After the protocol agreement, commercial bus service will be launched.
The BBIN MVA agreement was signed on June 15, 2015 at the BBIN transport ministers meeting in Thimpu, Bhutan. It makes way for seamless flow of passenger and cargo traffic in the region.
The governments of India, Nepal and Bangladesh have already ratified the agreement. The three countries are set to start regular bus services after signing a passenger protocol likely to be signed in Kathmandu after the trial operation.
The Bengal government is gearing up to organize ceremonial reception and hospitality as two buses on the trial run would enter in India on April 24, quoting Bengal's Tourism Minister Goutam Deb the report said.