Kolkata-Dhaka 'Moitree Express' start from April 14

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Dhaka, Apr 7: The Bangladesh Council of Advisers has approved the draft of Dhaka-Kolkata passenger train service.

An agreement between Bangladesh and India would be signed 'soon' for the train service, which both the countries have agreed in principle to start from April 14, press secretary to the chief adviser of Bangladesh Fakhruddin Ahmed told mediapersons yesterday. Earlier, railway officials finalised the details of the service at a two-day bilateral meet on Wednesday-Thursday, Mr Syed Fahim Munaim said after the advisory council's weekly meeting.
The ''Moitree [friendship] Express'' will travel between the Cantonment station in Dhaka and the Chitpur station in Kolkata through Darshana border, Mr Munaim said.

The two trains will simultaneously leave Dhaka and Kolkata every Saturday and return on Sunday, he added.

The train from Dhaka will have a capacity of 418 passengers and that from Kolkata 366 seats. The 538km journey -- 418km in Bangladesh and 120km in India -- will take 13 to 14 hours, The Daily Star quoted him as saying.

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