Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off Bandhan Express train from Kolkata to Khulna with Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina. Kolkata to Khulna train is a new passenger train service. Khulna is an industrial town in Bangladesh.
Bengal CM Mamta Banerjee was also present with Prime Minister to flag off the train. This new train will run on the historic route which is in disuse after the partition.
PM Modi said “the centuries-old historic bond between the people of India, especially from West Bengal, and Bangladesh got a fresh boost”.
In Bengali language, PM said, “I congratulate the people of the two countries on this auspicious occasion. Our ties of friendship got more strengthened today.”
Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina joined through video conference. She said, “Today is a great day for relations between the two countries… This train service is a dream come true for people on both sides of the border,”
Earlier, from 2008 Maitree Express train from Dhaka to Kolkata is running successfully. Bandhan Express train will run twice a week and completes the single journey in 4 and half hours. It is fully air-conditioned train.
PM Narendra Modi also inaugurated two rail bridges which are built at a cost of approx. 100 million USD. He added, “It is a matter of immense pride for India to be a trustworthy partner of Bangladesh.”
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