Maitree Express aims to connect India and Bangladesh
The train will start ferrying the passengers from 16th November at 11 am (IST) from Kolkata. It will reach its desires location in 4 and a half hours.
The Khulna-Kolkata train service aims at opening up two bridges on the railway outlets that connect Dhaka with Sylhet and Chittagong. Bangladesh officials stated that the Prime Ministers are together going to inaugurate the project through video conferencing from their respective locations in New Delhi and Dhaka.
An end to end immigration facility is also being launched to ease the Dhaka-Kolkata train services for people.
The two bridges have been built on the Bhairab and the Titas river for simultaneous train operations of up and down train services.
The train is going to operate on a 117-Km long Khulna Kolkata road, and will be known has Bandhan Express.
The 984 meter long bridge was built at approximately 570 crores Taka. The construction of the same began on December 25, 2013. With an agreement with the Bangladesh Government, the Bridge has India’s Afcons JV constructed bridges, with dual gauge and broad gauge facilities.
The Titas bridge is approximately 218 metre long and is 7 meter wide. The bridge was built with a budget of about 161 crore Taka by yet another Indian Company- Gannon-Flcl Consortium, because of the Indian-Bangladesh Government agreement. The construction of this second bridge began in January 2014.
The bridges will aim at reducing the time of travelling between Dhaka and Chittagong, and also Dhaka and Sylhet. The dual gauge and the broad gauge will be able to run trains at the speed of 100 km and 120 km per hour, respectively.