India-Bangladesh Rail Link
Passenger train services between India and Bangladesh resumed, Bandhan Express departed from Kolkata for Khulna and Maitree Express started from Dhaka to Kolkata.
The Bandhan Express was resumed rail link between Kolkata and the industrial hub of Khulna.
Khulna is the third-largest city of Bangladesh.
In 1965, the Barisal Express was introduced on this route, which was stopped due to the Indo-Pakistani War.
The government of India along with the Bangladesh government restarted that with Bandhan express in 2017.
Bandhan Express was the second train to be flagged off after the introduction of Maitree Express between Kolkata and Dhaka Cantonment in April 2008.
It covers the distance between Kolkata and Khulna via Petrapole and Benapole border route to meet the demands of the people of both the countries.
Other works towards strengthening the rail link
In August 2021, the two sides started regular movement of freight trains between Haldibari in India and Chilahati in Bangladesh.
The Haldibari-Chilahati rail link between India and erstwhile East Pakistan was also operational till 1965 which was closed due to war.
It was part of the broad gauge main road from Kolkata to Siliguri at the time of partition.
At least 20 freight trains per month are planned to cross the border on this link by both sides.
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