Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina on Thursday launched the fifth rail hyperlink connecting each nations throughout a digital bilateral summit.
The 10.5 km lengthy rail hyperlink connecting Haldibari in West Bengal to Chilahati in Bangladesh is anticipated to additional strengthen individuals to individuals contact and increase commerce between the 2 neighbours.
A items practice was flagged off by Bangladesh’s railway minister Md Nurul Islam Sujan from Chilahati and it entered the Indian facet after crossing the worldwide border, mentioned a launch issued by Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR).
At current there are 4 different operational rail hyperlinks between each nations. They’re, Petrapole (India)-Benapole (Bangladesh), Gede (India)-Darshana (Bangladesh), Singhabad (India)-Rohanpur (Bangladesh) and Radhikapur (India)-Birol (Bangladesh).
The rail hyperlink, three.5 km of which is on the Indian facet and the remainder in Bangaldesh, was operational until 1965 and was a part of the broad-gauge rail route from Kolkata to Siliguri throughout partition. However the hyperlink obtained disconnected in 1965 after the battle with Pakistan.
Reopening of the practice hyperlink is a part of the joint declaration within the inter-government railway assembly between each nations at New Delhi in 2015.
Indian Railways restored the broad-gauge hyperlink from Haldibari until the worldwide border at a value of Rs 82.72 crore whereas the Bangaldesh railways upgraded the part from Chilahati to the border.
“The newly opened rail hyperlink will improve rail community accessibility to the principle ports, dry ports and land borders to help development in regional commerce and to encourage financial and social improvement of the area,” the NFR launch mentioned.