India-Bangladesh Mitali Express passenger train to start operation on June 1

According to the latest development, India-Bangladesh transnational rail connectivity from West Bengal’s New Jalpaiguri to Bangladesh’s Dhaka cantonment, the Mitali Express – the third India-Bangladesh passenger train service is set to start its services at from June 1.

According to reports, the new train service will be inaugurated virtually by the railway ministers of India and Bangladesh from Rail Bhawan in New Delhi on June 1. Sabyasachi De, the Public Relations Manager of Northeast Frontier Railway informed that the Mitali Express will operate two days a week on Sunday and Wednesday.

De added that during regular train service, departure from New Jalpaiguri will be at 11:45 am (IST). He added that the train will arrive in Haldibari, India at 12:55 (IST) and depart from Haldibari at 13:05 (IST). The train will arrive in Chilahati (Bangladesh) at 1:55 p.m. (BST) and depart from Chilahati at 2:25 p.m. (BST) to reach the Dhaka cantonment at 10:30 p.m. (BST), De said.

The CPRO further informed that the train will have no commercial stops. The reports further added that the new Jalpaiguri – Dhaka Cantonment section of this train will have four first class air conditioners (seats only), four AC chair cars and two baggage vans with generator.

De added that on its return journey, Dhaka Cantonment – ​​New Jalpaiguri Mitali Express will also operate two days a week – Monday and Thursday, which will leave Dhaka Cantonment at 21:50 (BST). While the train will arrive in Chilahati (Bangladesh) at 05:45 (BST), it will depart from Chilahati at 06:15 (BST). Also, the train will arrive at Haldibari (India) at 06:00 (IST) and depart from Haldibari at 06:05 (IST) reaching New Jalpaiguri at 07:15 (IST), he said.

He also added that train tickets for this journey will be available at the counters of the Overseas Passenger Reservation System at New Jalpaiguri Station and Kolkata Station. De added that the new rail services will enhance bilateral trade relations and socio-economic activities of India and Bangladesh.

James C. Tibbs