Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bangladesh Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, and the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Ms. Mamata Banerjee, jointly inaugurated a series of rail connectivity projects between the two countries.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina jointly launched a cross-country passenger train service via video conference on Thursday. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also joined the event via video conference from Kolkatta.
This is the second train between the two countries, earlier cross-country Maithree express was also launched to connect the two nations
Addressing the occasion, PM Modi congratulated the people of the two countries on this auspicious occasion.
“Our ties of friendship got more strengthened with today’s efforts,” he said.
“Today is a great day for relations between the two countries with the inauguration of the train services and the two bridges. This train service is a dream come true for people on both sides of the border,” Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina said,
“The relations between the two countries will strengthen in the future,” she said.
As per officials, Immigration and customs facilities will be available for passengers in Kolkata station.
The Khulna-Kolkata train service opens two bridges on railway routes connecting Dhaka with Sylhet and Chittagong. An ‘end-to-end’ immigration facility to ease Dhaka-Kolkata Maitree train services was also launched during the event.
Under an agreement with Bangladesh government, India’s Ircon-Afcons JV constructed the bridge having both dual gauge and broad-gauge facilities. External Affairs Minister Smt. Sushma Swaraj, also joined the event from New Delhi.