India and Bangladesh have announced the introduction of the third passenger
train that will link North Bengal with Bangladesh capital Dhaka from March 26th
The non-stop passenger train with ten bogeys, between New Jalpaiguri and
Dhaka, will cover a distance of 513km. The train will provide connectivity to
passengers from Nepal as well since the Jalpiaguri is hardly 20 kilometers away
from the Indo Nepal border.
This will also be the third passenger train between the two countries. The
other two are: Maitree Express that runs between Kolkata and Dhaka, and Bandhan
Express that connects Kolkata and Khulna.
In the high level
railway officials meeting, to run the 3rd passenger train was
decided on Feb 22
The decision to run the third passenger train service to Bangladesh from
North bengal was taken at a high level meeting of railway officials held at
Siliguri on February 22nd
The proposed passenger service will run on the Haldibari Chilahati
(Bangladesh) train route which was open to goods traffic a few months ago. The
proposed passenger service will take the same route from New Jalpaiguri
The name of the train and its fare are yet to be decided. Custom and
immigration facilities will be provided at New Jailpaiguri and Dhaka railway stations. The train will
ply from NJP on Thursdays and Fridays and from Dhaka on Fridays and Tuesdays
Bangladesh government wanted to run the train between Siliguri, North Bengal’s
biggest town, and Dhaka. “But Siliguri didn’t have the required infrastructure,
so it had to be NJP instead,” he said. NJP has the biggest railway station in
North Bengal and is just 6km away from Siliguri.
The train service could bring usher in tourism as tourist spots like
Darjeeling and Sikkim are very close to New Jalpaiguri. Sikkim is just five
hours drive while the hill resort darjeeling is about fifty kilometers away.