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Rail link between West Bengal and Bangladesh resumes after 55 yrs


Team Udayavani, Dec 18, 2020, 1:36 PM IST

Haldibari(West Bengal): Rail services between West Bengal’s Haldibari and Bangladesh’s Chilahati resumed in the Indian state’s Cooch Behar district after a gap of 55 years. A railway official told ANI, “Freight trains are running initially, later passenger trains will also run”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina jointly inaugurated the rail-link virtually.

According to India.com, the distance between Haldibari railway station till the international border is 4.5 kilometres while that from Chilahati in Bangladesh till the zero point is around 7.5 kilometres.

The resumption of railway services in this route will help boost trade, as well as trans-border railway connectivity. Apart from this, the 75-kilometre long track will also help better integrate the rest of the country with the Siliguri corridor, also known as the ‘Chicken’s Neck.’

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