New Delhi, India – A new passenger train service linking India and Bangladesh was launched on Thursday. The Bandhan Express train will operate between the Indian city of Calcutta and Khulna in Bangladesh.
The distance between the two cities is 172 kilometres, the journey by train is expected to take five hours. The train is essentially a non-stop service as it only stops at the border between India and Bangladesh at Petrapol and Benapole respectively.
The train had its inaugural run on Thursday, with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina in attendance. The train will begin commercial service next week on November 16.
‘The most important dimension of the connectivity is the people-to-people linkage’ Modi said.
‘The inauguration of the international passenger terminus will benefit passengers of the Kolkata-Dhaka Maitri Express and Kolkata-Khulna Bandhan Express. It will not only help them in customs and immigration but also save three hours of their travel time. The two rail services are named according to our shared vision’ he added.