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‘Benapole Express’ launches

 Jashore Correspondent

 Published: 04:04 PM, 20 July 2019   Updated: 04:04 PM, 20 July 2019

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

The 'Benapole Express' train has been launched in the Dhaka-Benapole Railroad for the first time, 48 years after independence.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the rail-route at 12:30 pm on Saturday through a video conferencing. On the first day, the train departed carrying 115 passengers.

Railway sources said that, the train will move six days a week. It will leave Benapole at 3pm daily while leave Dhaka for Benapole at 12:20 am in the night. This train will stop at Jashore and Ishwardi stations only.

Railway sources further informed, the passengers will be able to travel freely in Dhaka-Benapole for seven and a half hours by the 'Benapole Express' train. There will be 10 coaches on this train. Among them, there are two cabins, two AC chairs and the rest of the chairs.

The cabin fare is Tk 1,200, AC chair fare Tk 1000 and non AC chair fare Tk 500, rail sources said. Passengers will be able to collect tickets for the train online.

This facilitated the transportation of the merchants engaged in the import and export work at Benapole Port. Apart from this, it was a long-standing demand by the locals. Because of the implementation, people of all classes are happy. With the launch of 'Benapole Express' train, trade and commerce will expand with India and within the country.

It is important to note that Benapole International Checkpost has five to six thousand passport passengers traveling to India every day. Most of these passengers came from Dhaka.

At the inauguration of the rail route organized at Benapole Railway Station, Sheikh Afil Uddin, the MP of of Jashore-1 constituency, Nasir Uddin MP of Jashore-3, (Jhikargachha), Director General of Bangladesh Railway Shamsuzzaman, Benapole Customs Commissioner Belal Hossain Chowdhury, ADC Hossain Sakhawat were also present.