India and Bangladesh are all set to enhance their rail connectivity with Mitali Express that will run between West Bengal’s New Jalpaiguri and Bangladesh’s Dhaka.
The railway connectivity between India and Bangladesh is gearing up for a major boost with the launch of another passenger train service. Mitali Express will begin operation between New Jalpaiguri in India’s West Bengal and Dhaka in Bangladesh from June 1. This is going to be the third train between the two nations after Bandhan Express and Maitree Express.
The latest rail service will be virtually flagged off by the Railway Ministers of the two countries from Rail Bhawan in New Delhi on the scheduled day. Ensuring a convenient railway journey for Indian passengers to Bangladesh, Mitali Express will run two days a week (Sunday and Wednesday). Starting at 11:45 hours (IST) from New Jalpaiguri station, the train will take up tracks through Haldibari and Chilahati, running all the way to Dhaka Cantonment, where it is expected to arrive at 22:30 hours (BST).
The return journey will be scheduled on Monday and Thursday, starting at 21:50 hours (BST) from Dhaka Cantonment and reaching New Jalpaiguri at 07:15 hours (IST), taking the same Haldibari–Chilahati rail link. There will be no commercial stoppages en route, and the cross-country train service will feature four First Class AC (Sleeper), four AC Chair Cars, and two luggage-cum-generator Vans.
“The new train services will improve the bilateral trade relation and socio-economic activities of India and Bangladesh. The services will further make travel easier for the passengers and will greatly benefit the tourism sector of North Bengal area along with other tourism hotspots across India,” said Sabyasachi De, chief public relations officer of Northeast Frontier Railway. The train tickets for this journey are available at the overseas Passenger Reservation System counters at New Jalpaiguri Station and Kolkata Railway Station.