Modi, Sheikh Hasina flag off new train service

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Hasina-Modi flag off Khulna-Kolkata train

Indian Prime Minister Modi said, India takes pride in being a reliable partner in Bangladesh's development.

Modi ended his speech on a note of thanks to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Modi said he believed that the two nations will touch the new heights in development and prosperity as they strengthen ties and relations between the people.

Bandhan Express has joined the Kolkata-Dhaka Moitree Express to become the second cross -border train plying between the two countries.

Rail bridges over river Titas and Bhairabh in Bangladesh were also launched, to speed up connectivity between Dhaka and Chittagong.

Modi said that he is reminded of the vision for restoring pre-1965 connectivity between the two countries, whenever there are talks on connectivity.

Bangladesh and India has earlier launched a number of bus and train services.

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At the launch, where the two premiers joined in through video conferencing, PM Modi said the "centuries-old historic bond between the people of India, especially from West Bengal, and Bangladesh got a fresh boost". "Bangladesh is one of India's best friend in the world". She said with the restoration of the direct rail link between Khulna and Kolkata, which was snapped in the 1950s, the easy movement of people and trade between southwestern parts of Bangladesh and Kolkata will positively impact both economies.

"I hope this fine display of mutuality of our relationship will further strengthen our bilateral relations". I hope the ties between the two countries deepen.

The total seating capacity of Bandhan Express is 456, of which 312 will be in A/C chair vehicle and the rest 144 in A/C first class, an Eastern Railway spokesman said.

An worldwide rail passenger terminal was also inaugurated at Chitpur in Kolkata for passengers of the Moitree Express between Kolkata and Dhaka.

"The inauguration of the global passenger terminus will benefit passengers of the Kolkata-Dhaka Maitri Express and Kolkata-Khulna Bandhan Express".

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.

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