The new India-Bangladesh Mitali Express, which was flagged off by Indian Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and his Bangladeshi counterpart, Mohammad Nurul Islam Sujon, this week will now facilitate Bangladeshis to visit Darjeeling and experience the beauty the hill station offers.
For decades, people living in and around West Bengal in India have been able to visit Darjeeling and experience the beauty the hill station offers. Now, the people of Bangladesh can avail the same, thanks to the Mitali Express, "yet another milestone" in bolstering the friendship between the two nations. The 'Maitri' and 'Bandhan' Express had earlier brought Dhaka and Khulna within the reach of Kolkata respectively. Now Mitali is taking Dhaka directly to the doorsteps of the Himalayas.
The two ministers this week flagged off 'Mitali Express' between New Jalpaiguri (India) and Dhaka (Bangladesh) via video conferencing.
Speaking on the occasion, Vaishnaw called the Mitali Express "yet another milestone" in bolstering the friendship between the two nations.
He said: "The relationship between India and Bangladesh is based upon our shared heritage, our shared present and our shared future. The development that we have in both the countries is today accelerated in a very big way by the warm friendship between the two nations at all levels.
"Mitali Express will be yet another milestone in increasing this friendship, in strengthening this bond, in improving this relationship."
The New Jalpaiguri-Dhaka Cantonment train, bearing number 13132, will run two days a week – Sundays and Wednesdays, and for the return journey, train no 13131, Dhaka Cantonment-New Jalpaiguri, Mitali Express will run every Monday and Thursday.The train will cover the distance of around 513km between New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal and Dhaka Cantonment in Bangladesh in nine hours.