The first goods train carrying stone from  Haldibari – Chilahati route leaves for Bangladesh

Maligaon, July 31:  The first goods train carrying stone chips to Bangladesh through the revived Haldibari – Chilahati rail link leaves from Damdim station of Alipurduar Division in NFR on 31.07.2021.

The Haldibari – Chilahati rail link between India and the then East Pakistan was operational till 1965. This was part of the Broad Gauge main route from Kolkata to Siliguri during partition.

Trains travelling to Assam and North Bengal continued to travel through the then East Pakistan territory even after partition. However, the war of 1965 effectively cut off all the railway links between India and the then East Pakistan.

In pursuance of the joint declaration in the Inter-Governmental Railway Meeting (IGRM) held in Delhi in May, 2015; Railway Board sanction for construction of a new BG line from Haldibari station (India) to Bangladesh Border for connection with Chilahati (Bangladesh) in 2016-17 in order to reopen this erstwhile rail link.

The  Prime  Minister  of  India  Mr.  Narendra  Modi and  the  Prime  Minister  of  Bangladesh  Sheikh  Hasina inaugurated  the  Haldibari – Chilahati  rail link on 17.12.2020 during  the  PM  level  virtual  bilateral summit.

However due to the Covid pandemic, regular train services could not be started in the section since then. Haldibari – Chilahati route will provide a shorter route for transit of goods into Bangladesh from Assam, West Bengal, Nepal and Bhutan.

This rail link will enhance rail network accessibility to the main ports, dry ports and land borders to support the growth in regional trade and to encourage economic and social development of the region. Economic activities of these South Asian countries will also be benefitted from this new rail link.

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