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Railway Budget Update: Railway Budget 2010-11 gives thrust to

Trans-Asian Rail Network


24 February 2010

Dheera Majumder, Mumbai:

The Railway Budget announced by Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee for 2010-11 highlighted the government’s initiative to kick start a new rail route between India and Bangladesh. High level discussions are on between the governments of two countries to launch these services. The proposed rail route between the two countries is Akhaura in Bangladesh and Agartala in India.

Informing about the same, Banerjee stated, “We maintain good relations with our neighbours. The railway system in these countries is facing several problems due to their relatively small and isolated networks. The Trans-Asian Railway network provides a great opportunity for their integration.”

The two countries had decided to restore rail services between them in April 2008 by flagging off Maitree Express between Kolkata and Dhaka after 43 years. This initiated the movement of tourist and passenger traffic between India and Bangladesh especially in the ‘visiting friends and relatives’ (VFR) segment with the historical background of the two countries. The new link will aim at providing a shorter rail route between West Bengal and the north-eastern region of India via Bangladesh.