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Bangladesh – India train frequencies increased

Currently two international trains Maitree Express and Bandhan Express are plying between Bangladesh and India. It was Pahela Baishakh (14th April), the first day of Bengali New Year in 2008 when train connectivity resumed between Bangladesh and India after more than forty years.
Passenger train was closed between then East Pakistan and India during the 1965 Indo-Pak war.
Initially it took around ten hours to reach from Dhaka to Kolkata for Maitree Express. Because immigration authorities of both sides completed their procedures in bordering stations. Later both sides agreed to complete the process in starting stations. So now it takes only eight hours to reach Kolkata from Dhaka.
To meet the growing demand and increase people to people connectivity between the two countries, authorities have decided to operate the Dhaka – Kolkata train Maitree Express five days a week, instead of four days of week. According to the new schedule, train will be available from Dhaka on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It will be effective from 11th February.
Another international train Bandhan Express between Khulna – Kolkata will operate twice in a week, instead of once a week. From the 16 February, this train will be available on Thursday and Sunday.


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Shihab Uddin Ahmed is with Dhaka News since 2011. He has long experience of writing on various issues for web medium. He has a masters degree from Jagannath University. You can read his science articles in English and Bengali on https://fromreadingtable.com
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