A new passenger train service between Kolkata and Bangladesh’s southwestern
industrial city of Khulna suspended for nearly forty years was flagged off by
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina and the
West Bengal chief minister on November 9th. The three leaders launched the
train through video conferencing..
A fully air-conditioned weekly passenger train service ‘Bandhan Express’
will run every Thursday from both Kolkata and Khulna.
On the occasion, Modi said the ties of friendship between India and
Bangladesh have further strengthened. Modi said he congratulated the people of
the two countries on this auspicious occasion. Our ties of friendship got more
They also inaugurated two bridges over the rivers Meghna and Titas in
Bangladesh President Hasina 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.”
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee described the launch as a
remarkable day for India and Bangladesh. “The relations between the two
countries will strengthen in the future,” she said.
and customs facilities were also inaugurated at Kolkata station.