Highlights of Bangladesh PM visit to India
1. India extended lines of credit worth $5 billion to Bangladesh.
2. Despite the presence of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the ceremony that included the inauguration of a trans-border rail line, the two sides were unable to make any progress on the contentious Teesta water sharing agreement that Ms. Banerjee has opposed.
1. Narendra Modi and Sheikh Hasina flagged off the trial run of the Kolkata-Khulna train through video-conference. The train service has been named as Maitree Express-II.
2. The Maitree Express-II will travel a total distance of about 176 km, 80 km of which is in India while the rest 96 km stretch falls in Bangladesh. The train will pass through Petrapole – the last station on the Indian side of the border – and Benapole – the first station on the Bangladesh side.
3. The two sides of erstwhile united Bengal were connected through train service before the partition of India in 1947.
4. The train service was suspended during the 1965 India-Pakistan war. Bangladesh was then part of Pakistan as East Pakistan. The War of Liberation in 1971 gave birth to Bangladesh. The train service started between India and Bangladesh in 2008 when Maitree Express-I was launched.
Bus Services between India and Bangladesh
The trail run of Kolkata-Khulna-Dhaka bus service was also launched yesterday. Three buses were flagged off from Nabanna in Kolkata. Through Khulna route, one can now reach Dhaka from Kolkata in 13 hours. It will take seven hours to reach Khulna from Kolkata.
Bus services are already operational on Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala and Kolkata-Dhaka routes. The Kolkata-Dhaka route was launched in 1999. The Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala route was opened in 2015.