Date of Post: 09 Nov, 2017
Kolkata: The Prime Minister of India , Shri Narendra Modi, the Bangladesh Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, and the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Ms. Mamata Banerjee, today jointly inaugurated a series of connectivity projects between the two countries.
External Affairs Minister Smt. Sushma Swaraj, also joined the event from New Delhi.
The Projects Include-
- The second Bhairab Railway Bridge
- The Titas Railway Bridge
- The International Rail Passenger Terminus at Chitpur in Kolkata.
- Inaugural run of the Bandhan Express between Kolkata and Khulna
Bandhan Express Flagged Off
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today jointly flagged off the Bandhan Express via video conferencing. “I believe that relations between leaders of neighbouring countries should be like neighbours. We should not be in restrictions of protocols for visits or talks,” Modi said.
Video Credit: BD Rail Fan
1 km long second Bhairab Bridge is built over mighty Meghna River at a cost around 75 Million US$ by Indian Contractors and Consultants & Second Titas Bridge in East Bangladesh is built over Titas River at a cost around 25 Million US$.
Posted by Ministry of Railways, Government of India on Thursday, 9 November 2017
Video Credit: Ministry of Railway
About The Train
- The train would be dubbed as ‘Bandhan Express’ and it will operate on the 177-km-long Khulna-Kolkata route.
- The cross-country service would start ferrying passengers from November 16.
- “I am happy that today we inaugurated projects strengthening our connectivity via video conference,” Modi said.
- The fully air-conditioned weekly ‘Bandhan Express’ will run every Thursday between Kolkata and Khulna.
- As per the schedule, it would leave Kolkata at 11 am (Indian time) & reach Khulna after 4-and-a-half-hour-long journey.