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Prime Minister of India & Prime Minister of Bangladesh Jointly along with Chief Minister, West Bengal Flag off New Cross-Border Train between India & Bangladesh, Kolkata-Khulna Bandhan Express" from Kolkata through Video Confencing Two Rail Bridges in Bangladesh and International Rail Passenger Terminus at Kolkata Station also Inaugurated

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Prime Minister of & Prime Minister of Jointly along with Chief Minister, Flag off New Cross-Border Train between & Bangladesh, Kolkata-Khulna Bandhan Express? from through Video Confencing

Two Rail Bridges in and International Rail Passenger Terminus at Station also Inaugurated

Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of & the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, in an historical event today flagged off  Cross Border Train between & Bangladesh, the Kolkata-Khulna Bandhan Express through video conference from station. The leaders unveiled jointly an e-plaque to inaugurate the following:

(i)   Second Bharirab & Titas Railway Bridges  in Bangladesh,

(ii)   International Rail Passenger Terminus with End-to-End Immigration and Customs Clearance Facilities (for the passengers of Maitree Express and Bandhan Express) at station. 

Shri Sudip Bandyopadhya, Member of Parliament & Chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Railways, Smt. Mala Saha, MLA, Shri Harindra Rao, General Manager, Eastern Railway, Mr. Toufique Hassan, Dy. High Commissioner, Deputy High Commission, were also present to grace the occasion at station. 

In his address, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi said that the close connection and understanding between two countries requires connectivity between the people across the border and Maitree Express and Bandhan Express trains will further add to connectivity between and and strengthen and strengthen our bonding.He underlined the fact that has emerged as the most trusted partner of by undertaking and completing a series of developmental projects in

The Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, lauded the initiative and expressed hope that there would be more such initiatives for increasing rail link & connectivity between the two countries. She also highlighted the fact that it would result in reducing the journey time for the passengers of Maitree and Bandhan Express trains with the introduction of International Passenger Rail Terminus with End-to-End Immigration and Customs Clearance Facilities.

The Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee said that this new Passenger Train link between & Khulna will strengthen the ties between two countries. She expressed happiness on introduction of the new train between the two countries & recollected the traditional bonding with

The Bandhan Express train is the second train to be flagged off after the introduction of Maitree Express’ between and Dhaka Cantonment stations in April, 2008. It covers the distance between and Khulna through Petrapole & Benapole route to cater to the demands of the people from both the countries to enhance the connectivity.

The Bandhan Express will be a weekly service on every Thursday. The - Khulna Bandhan Express (13129 Up) will depart from at 07.10 hrs.(IST) and arrives at Khulna at 12:30 hrs.(BST) on the return journey the Khulna-Bandhan Express ( 13130 Down) will depart from Khulna at 13.30 hrs. (BST) and arrive at at 18.10 hrs.(IST) on the same day. The immigration and Customs checks will take place at International Passenger Terminal for the Indian side and at Benapol border station for side.

The journey time of Maitree Express from to Dhaka will be 08 hrs.25mts while from Dhaka to it will take 08 hrs.15mts. The journey time would be reduced by 2 hours. It will depart from at 7.10 hrs.(IST) (on Mon, Tue, Fri & Sat) and arrive at Dhaka at 16.05 hrs.(BST) instead of earlier arrival at Dhaka at 18.05 hrs.(BST). On the return journey it will depart from Dhaka at 08.15 hrs.(BST) (on Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun)  instead of earlier departure from Dhaka at 08.10 hrs. (BST) and arrive at at 16.00 hrs.(IST) instead of earlier arrival at at 18.10 hrs.(IST).

In order to  reduce the en-route journey time of the passengers of the existing – Dhaka Cantt. Maitree Express and newly introduced – Khulna Bandhan Express, Ministry of Railways, with the coordination of Department of Immigration & Customs has opened an International Rail Passenger Terminus at station with proper infrastructure and facilities of end-to-end immigration. With this new facility at Terminal, the passengers of Maitree Express and Bandhan Express will be immensely benefitted.

The second Bhairab Bridge and Titas Bridge in built under the assistance of Government of are two of the most important projects in for infrastructure and rolling stock development. The one kilometer long second Bhairab Railway Bridge was built over the mighty Meghna river at a cost of around USD 75 millions by Indian contractors and consultants. Similarly, the Titas bridge over river Titas in Eastern was built with a cost of around USD 25 million. Both these bridges are on the main Chittagong to Dhaka Trunk Rail Line which will help in faster movement of both passenger and freight trains of

Following is the text of the Prime Minister’s address on the occasion: 

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First Published: Thu, November 09 2017. 00:20 IST