New Delhi: Indo-Bangladesh passenger train services resumed on Sunday after being suspended for more than two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Till now both the countries had suspended railway services due to the COVID-19 epidemic.
As per reports, Kolkata-Khulna Bandhan Express will start running from May 29 and Dhaka-Kolkata Maitri Express from May 30.
However, Mitali Express between New Jalpaiguri and Dhaka will be flagged off at New Jalpaiguri station on 1st June. Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav and his Bangladeshi counterpart Mohd Nurul Islam Sujon will attend the ceremony virtually.
Mitali Express will run from New Jalpaiguri via Changrabandha via Dhaka while Maitree Express Kolkata to Dhaka will run via Gede-Darshan and Bandhan Express will run between Petrapole-Benapole via Kolkata via Khulna.
In March this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina inaugurated a new passenger train, the New Jalpaiguri-Dhaka Mitali Express, connecting Dhaka in Bangladesh and New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal through video conference.
Sabyasachi Dey, Chief Public Relations Officer, Northeast Frontier Railway said that Mitali Express will run from New Jalpaiguri in India at 11:45 am, twice a week, on Sundays and Wednesdays.