Kolkata-Dhaka train service likely to start next month:Home Ministry

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New Delhi, Sep 13 (UNI) The Kolkata-Dhaka train service would be launched by next month to facilitate movement of people and goods between the two countries.

Home Ministry sources told UNI that there was progress in the talks between the Indian and the Bangladeshi sides on launching the train services and ''hopefully'' the train service would start from October.

Initially the train service would be biweekly, but eventually it would be made daily, they said.

Regarding the differnces between the two countries on the fencing of tracks, they said that India has been insisting on the fencing to protect the trains. Though initially Bangladesh was hesitant, it has now agreed for the fencing. However, written communication has not come from Dhaka, the sources they added.

''Talks are going on. As both the countries want the train services, they will most likely will be launched by next month,'' they added.

The two countries agreed to launch the passenger train service in July this year after many rounds of talks. The train, to have reserved seats only, will initially run either way between Sealdah (Kolkata) and Bangabandhu Setu East (Dhaka). The service was proposed to be extended later to Joydevpur (dhaka) on the completion of the rail link between Bangabandhu Setu and Kamlapur (Dhaka) stations. Both the countries will contribute the coaches and locomotives, and the frequency of the service will be reviewed three months after the service starts.

The project has been under discussion for some years now. A major step was taken in July last year when Petrapole-Benapole new rail link was commissioned. A Kolkata-Dhaka bus service was launched last year.

UNI

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