Khulna-Kolkata Moitree Express test run to begin Saturday
Staff Correspondent, bdnews24.com
Published: 2017-04-07 01:17:52.0 BdST Updated: 2017-04-07 01:17:52.0 BdST
The second Moitree Express on Khulna-Kolkata route is being launched experimentally on Saturday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is heading off to New Delhi on a state visit on Friday, and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi will flag off the trial run through a video conferencing, a railways ministry official said.
Railways Minister Mazibul Hoque will join the video call from Benapole Railway Station, the ministry's Senior Information Officer Md Shariful Alam told bdnews24.com on Thursday.
The second Moitree Express, with five to 10 Bangladeshi coaches, will leave Khulna at 8am and is expected to reach Benapole at 10am. After the flag-off ceremony at Benapole, it will start for Kolkata. The return journey will start at 8am on Apr 9.
A team of officials from the ministries of railways, home affairs, foreign affairs, and the National Board of Revenue will hop on the experimental train.
The lone Moitree Express runs on Dhaka-Kolkata route now.
Dhaka and New Delhi are also planning to set up rail links between Bangladesh and India's Darjeeling and Agartala.
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