Chilahati border railway link upgradation launched to connect West Bengal, Bangladesh
- A Monitor Report01 Oct, 2019 | 131 Views|-+
Dhaka : Md Nurul Islam Sujan, Railway Minister of Bangladesh and Riva Ganguly Das, High Commissioner of India on September 21 laid the foundation stone at Chilahati in Bangladesh for undertaking the work of upgradation and laying of missing tracks from Chilahati to border with India near Haldibari.
The 7.5 kilometre long railway track will help in providing connectivity from West Bengal into Assam via Bangladesh.
MPs Asaduzzaman Nur and Aftab Uddin Sarkar were also present on the occasion.
Construction of immigration and customs post will also be done on it. On completion this will provide a big boost to trade, travel and tourism between Bangladesh and India.
The Haldibari- Chilahati railway track was part of the broad gauge main route from Kolkata to Siliguri during the British undivided India.
Trains from Bangladesh to Darjeeling via Siliguri operated till 1965 which stopped functioning after the 1965 Indo-Pak war. Indian Railways has already restored the tracks up to international border till Haldibari station.