Passenger train services between India and Bangladesh resumed from today (May 29). The train services between Kolkata and cities in Bangladesh were suspended in March 2020 as a precautionary measure against the spread of COVID-19.
The Maitree Express carrying 165 passengers left Dhaka Cantonment Railway Station for Kolkata at 8:15 am. Dhirendra Nath Majumder, Director General (DG) of Bangladesh Railways, inaugurated it.
The Director-General of Bangladesh Railway said that from now, the train will run five days a week.
Maitree express is the first modern day, fully air conditioned international express train service connecting Dhaka to Kolkata.
Maitree Express will resume operation from Dhaka with BR rack (train) while operation of Bandhan Express will resume from Kolkata with Indian Railway's rack.
AC cabin berth tickets are priced at Tk 4,905, AC cabin chair car tickets cost Tk 3,805 and AC chair car tickets are priced at Tk 2,705.
The services of NJP-Dhaka Mitali Express will be started on June 1 from New Jalpaiguri to Dhaka.