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Revival of Railway Route

First freight train from India arrives tomorrow after 56 years

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 31 July, 2021 12:00 AM
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First freight train from India arrives tomorrow after 56 years

A freight train, carrying wheat and stone chips, is expected to travel from India's Haldibari into Bangladesh on Sunday on a rail route revived by the two countries after 56 years.

Diplomatic sources said the operation of train service through the route will promote connectivity for greater trade and people-to-people contacts.

The train from Alipurduar section of India with 30 wagons is scheduled to leave from India on Saturday and reach at Chilahati railway station in Nilphamari district.

The Chilahati-Haldibari route, which was closed during the India-Pakistan war of 1965, reopened in December 20 last year for the operation of the goods train during the virtual summit between Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

However, the operation of the trains remained disrupted due to the COVID 19 pandemic in India and Bangladesh. Officials said the passenger train will also run on the same route.

At present, five rail routes connect Bangladesh and India namely Benapole- Petrapole, Darshana- Gede, Rohanpur-Singhabad, Birol-Radhikapur and Chilahati-Haldibari.

Once operational, the rout is expected to see goods trains moving from New Jalpaiguri in India to Dhaka via Nilphamari and Jamalpur districts.

The movement of passenger train from New Jalpaiguri to Kolkata via Chilahati, Domar, Toronbari, Nilphamari, Saidpur, Darshana and Parbatipur in Bangladesh and Gede border are also in pipeline.