|Published : 14 Apr 2017, 14:19:00|
New train service brings Dhaka, Kolkata closer by three hours
Dhaka and Kolkata now get closer by three more hours with the launch of the Maitree Express train on Friday, the Bangla New Year day.
The duration of train journey from Dhaka to Kolkata in India would now be six hours instead of nine, Indian High Commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla said.
“This will remove hassles of passengers travelling by Maitree Express, who have to get down at Darshana and Gede during the journey,” he said on Friday.
Railways Minister Md Mazibul Hoque and Shringla inaugurated the air-conditioned Maitree Express on Friday marking Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bangla New Year.
The train was first launched on Pahela Baishakh in 2008. It now runs four days a week.
The new service has 456 seats, four air-conditioned first class coaches and four AC chair cars.
On Apr 8, during Prime Ministers Sheikh Hasina’s visit to New Delhi, the two countries launched the trial run of Khulna-Kolkata Express and inaugurated the fourth railway link between India and Bangladesh.