India-Bangladesh trains to resume services after 2 yrs, likely on May 29

May 18, 2022

Three passenger trains from Kolkata to Dhaka, that were discontinued due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will resume services soon, officials said.
The services of the Maitree Express on Dhaka-Kolkata route and the Bandhan Express on Khulna-Kolkata route are scheduled to be resumed on May 29 and the service of the Mitali Express on Dhaka-New Jalpaiguri route is scheduled to beĀ started on June 1.
The train would be operated between Dhaka and West Bengal’s New Jalpaiguri (NJP) for four days a week.
Railways of both the countries agreed on the dates, Sardar Shahadat Ali, additional director general (operations) of Bangladesh Railway (BR) said.
However, they will be able to give a formal announcement about the dates after holding an inter-ministerial meeting likely on Sunday or Monday, he told media today.
Before the suspension of service in March 2020, Maitree Express was being operated on the Dhaka-Kolkata route while Bandhan Express on the Khulna-Kolkata route.
Mitali Express, which was inaugurated by prime ministers of Bangladesh and India on March 26 last year, would use the Chilahati-Haldibari rail link.
After 55 years, rail communication between the countries via the Chilahati-Haldibari route resumed in December 2020.

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