India-Bangladesh Rail Link

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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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