‘Mitali Express’ flagged off between Jalpaiguri and Dhaka...

‘Mitali Express’ flagged off between Jalpaiguri and Dhaka

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 12:56 PM, 1 June 2022   Updated: 01:04 PM, 1 June 2022

‘Mitali Express’ flagged off between Jalpaiguri and Dhaka

‘Mitali Express’ flagged off between Jalpaiguri and Dhaka

The railway line connecting Bangladesh and India, the New Jalpaiguri-Dhaka Cantonment ‘Mitali Express’ was flagged off today by Railway Minister Mohammad Nurul Islam Sujon and his Indian counterpart Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw. 

The third India-Bangladesh train 'Mitali Express' left New Jalpaiguri (NGP) station in West Bengal for Dhaka at 9:37 am local time.

After being closed for the last two years, Maitri and Bondhan Express has been launched on May 29.

The Mitali Express was launched on this route for the first time since 1965. On the occasion of the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the golden jubilee of Bangladesh's independence and in the interest of quick communication between Bangladesh and North Bengal and North-East India, it was decided to launch the Mitali Express train.  

The Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi inaugurated the Mitali Express as a passenger train on March 26 last year. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has named the train 'Mitali Express'.

The New Jalpaiguri-Dhaka Cantonment train, bearing number 13132, will run two days a week, i.e., on Sundays and Wednesdays.

For the return journey, train no 13131, Dhaka Cantonment-New Jalpaiguri, Mitali Express will run every Monday and Thursday. The train will cover the distance of around 513km between New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal and Dhaka Cantonment in Bangladesh in nine hours.

As of now, the train will run with four air-conditioned cabin coaches, and four air-conditioned chair cars and will be hauled by a diesel locomotive.

On Wednesday, Indian Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnav and Bangladesh Railway Minister Nurul Islam Sujan held a virtual 'flag off' of the train at a function in Delhi.

Mitali Express with 18 passengers left NGP for Dhaka on this day. Most of them came to visit Siliguri. Mitali Express will stop at 4 stations in total.  

The train will stop at Haldibari station on the last border of India after New Jalpaiguri (NGP). After the break at the beginning of the Bangladesh border at 'Chilahati' will reach Dhaka Cantonment Station after ten o'clock at night.

 The tickets for this train are available at the overseas Passenger Reservation System counters at New Jalpaiguri Station and Kolkata Railway Station.

The new train services will improve the bilateral trade relation and socio-economic activities of India and Bangladesh. The services will further make travel easier for the passengers and will greatly benefit the tourism sector of both countries.

DailyBangladesh/SA