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>THE Indian central government turned down the West Bengal government’s request to postpone the launch of Dhaka-Kolkata passenger train service, clearing the way for the launch on Pahela Baishakh, officials here in Bangladesh yesterday said. (Click for full report)
Authorities of the two countries are expected to sign a deal on commissioning “Moitree [friendship] Express” after completing the two-day bilateral talks between Bangladesh and Indian railway delegations beginning in Dhaka today, an official of the communications ministry told The Daily Star yesterday.
The railway officials will also sort out details regarding the cross-border passenger train service apart from discussing a number of “unsettled” issues including hire charge for goods train and interchanging of wagons.
The Moitree Express with a capacity of 370 passengers will run between Dhaka Cantonment Station in Dhaka and Chitpur Station in Kolkata through Darshana border, once a week from both sides.
“The Indian High Commission has informed us that the central government has turned down the West Bengal government’s plea to re-fix the date for launching the train service,” Communications Secretary Mahbubur Rahman told The Daily Star yesterday.
Dhaka, however, is yet to receive any letter in this regard, he said adding, “But we do not see any problem now to begin the train service on Pahela Baishakh.”
Launching of the train on Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bangla New Year, became uncertain after the West Bengal government requested the central government last week to defer the date to the last week of May, saying that going ahead with the programme might violate the code of conduct for the panchayat elections scheduled for May.


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