The Dhaka-Kolkata and Kolkata-Dhaka Moitree Express trains were flagged off on Monday on Bengali New Year's Day from Dhaka and Kolkata by Major General Ghulam Quader , the Communication Advisor of Bangladesh and Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee respectively .
This passenger train services resumed between the two neighbouring countries after 43 years. Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury and Indian High Commissioner in Bangladesh were also present during the launching of Dhaka- Kolkata train Service from Dhaka Cantonment. The train which went to Kolkata had 360 passengers including journalists and litterateurs.
The six-coach train will be a bi-weekly service between Kolkata and Dhaka Cantonment. It will leave Kolkata on Saturdays and Sundays at 7.10 am reaching Dhaka at 10.30 pm.From Dhaka, it will leave at 8.30 am and will reach Kolkata at 9 pm. The Indian rake has a capacity of 368 passengers and the Bangladeshi one will have 418 passengers.
On the Indian side, Railway Minister Lalu Prasad, Information and Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi, West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi and Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Liquat Ali Chowdhury were present at the Kolkata railway terminal in north Kolkata at the flag-off ceremony along with a host of dignitaries.