Indian Railways opens new ticket counter for India-Bangladesh trains at Kolkata station | News about the railway | So Good News
Since the COVID-19 pandemic took a turn for the better, demand for tickets for the India-Bangladesh international train has increased dramatically and Indian Railways has responded by opening two more ticket counters at Kolkata station, an official said on Friday. These counters, in addition to the two already present at Kolkata station, are available to passengers using the Maitree Express, Bandhan Express or Mitali Express between the two neighboring countries.
The four ticket counters, exclusively meant for India-Bangladesh international train passengers, will help cope with increased demand after a slowdown in the pandemic and are open all weekdays between 10 am and 4 pm, he said.
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Maitree Express travels between Kolkata and Dhaka, Bandhan Express connects Kolkata with Khulna, and Mitali Express runs between New Jalpaiguri and Dhaka.
Earlier, Northeast Frontier Railway opened a ticket counter at Guwahati railway station for the passengers of Mitali Express. The ticket counter was opened with the aim of making travel easier for passengers on the train traveling through international borders. The distance between New Jalpaiguri in North Bengal and Assam’s capital Guwahati is 333 km. NFR, one of the 17 railway zones in India, operates wholly or partly in six of the eight northeastern states, excluding Meghalaya and Sikkim, and in seven districts of West Bengal and five districts of north Bihar.
The new Jalpaiguri-Dhaka Cantonment “Mitali Express”, connecting India and Bangladesh, was officially inaugurated in June 2022 by Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and his Bangladeshi counterpart Mohammad Nurul Islam Sujon. The third passenger train that runs between Bangladesh and India is this. The new train will run twice a week, on Sundays and Wednesdays, New Jalpaiguri-Dhaka Cantonment train number 13132. Dhaka Cantonment-New Jalpaiguri Mitali Express train number 13131 will run on the return every Monday and Thursday. Between New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal and Dhaka Cantonment in Bangladesh, the train will travel approximately 513 kilometers in nine hours.
With input from PTI