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‘Mitali Express’ between India and Bangladesh flagged off, Promoting regional connectivity between the two countries

Mitali Express train connecting India-Bangladesh was flagged off o­n 1st June, 2022. Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, Hon’ble Minister of Railways, Communications and Electronics & Information Technology, Govt. of India and Md. Nurul Islam Sujan, Hon’ble Minister of Railways, Govt. of Bangladesh virtually flagged off the train from Railway Board, New Delhi. Dr. Jayanta Roy, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) and Dr. Sankar Ghosh, Member of Legislative Assembly (West Bengal) flagged off the train from New Jalpaiguri station in presence of large gathering. Shri Anshul Gupta, General Manager, Northeast Frontier Railway along with other senior officials of Headquarter and Divisions were also present at New Jalpaiguri Station during the flagging off ceremony. With the running of this train Bangladesh will be directly connected with the Northeast of India through rail.

Apart from boosting the rail connectivity between India and Bangladesh, this train service will provide impetus to socio-economic development between the two countries facilitating movement of goods and passengers across borders and supporting growth and regional trades. This new train will provide the much needed fillip to the tourism sector of India and Bangladesh.This train also offers reliable, affordable and comfortable mode of transport for passengers thus providing ease of accessibility to India &Bangladesh.

Train No. 13132 New Jalpaiguri - Dhaka Cantonment Mitali Express will run two days a week leaving New Jalpaiguri at 11:45 hours (IST) o­n every Sunday and Wednesday to reach Dhaka Cantonment at 22:30 hours (BST). In return direction, Train No. 13131 Dhaka Cantonment - New Jalpaiguri Mitali Express will also run two days a week o­n Monday and Thursday from 02nd June, 2022 leaving Dhaka Cantonment at 21:50 hours (BST) to reach New Jalpaiguri at 07:15 hours (IST) o­n Tuesday and Friday.

The train will run with four AC 1st Class coaches (cabin seating/sleeper) and four AC chair cars coaches with two luggages cum generator cars. There is capacity to accommodate total 456 passengers during journey from New Jalpaiguri. During return journey from Dhaka Cantt station total 408 passengers can travel. The fare from New Jalpaiguri in AC 1stClass (sitting o­nly) is 33 US plus taxes and in AC Chair car the fare is 22 US $ plus taxes. During return journey from Dhaka Cantt station the fare will be 44 US $ for AC 1st Class and 22 US $ for AC Chair car. The exchange price of US $ will be taken as per the rate o­n the very first day of the month in which the ticket is booked. o­n board catering services will be made available in the train o­n demand. The option for food has to be chosen during ticket booking.

The tickets for this International train train are available at the overseas PRS counters of New Jalpaiguri and Kolkata Railway Station.

(Sabyasachi De)

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