Passenger trains between Dhaka and Kolkata are expected to begin service within next September in a limited capacity.
A trial train from Bangladesh will go to Kolkata on July 29 when railway officials of the two countries hold another round of talks before operation of the train service, which was suspended in 1965. Primarily, two trains - one from Bangladesh and another from India will operate per week between the two countries. With development of the railway infrastructures, the frequencies of the service would be increased.
Ending a two-day meeting in Dhaka on Tuesday, senior railway officials of both Bangladesh and India reached an understanding relating to resumption of the train service. ATKM Ismail, additional secretary (Railway Division) of the communications ministry and AE Ahmed, additional secretary of the Indian home ministry, led their respective delegations.
Zahurul Alam has the details.