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Chilahati-Haldibari rail route reopens after 55 years

17 Dec 2020 14:15, Somoy English Desk
Chilahati-Haldibari rail route reopens after 55 years
Chilahati-Haldibari rail route reopens after 55 years

The Chilahati-Haldibari rail route between Bangladesh and India which remained closed for 55 years since the India-Pakistan war in 1965 was reopened on Thursday.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi jointly inaugurated the rail route during a virtual summit.

The railway line from Chilahati to Haldibari (West Bengal) had been defunct since 1965, after rail-links between India and then East Pakistan had broken.

The distance between Haldibari railway station till the international border is 4.5 kilometres while that from Chilahati in Bangladesh till the zero point is around 7.5 kilometres.

The resurrection of the route will help boost trade as well as trans-border railway connectivity. Beside, the 75-kilometre long track will also help better integrate the rest of the country with the Siliguri corridor.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh and India on Thursday signed seven bilateral documents to further strengthen the relations between the two countries.

Secretaries or top officials of the seven ministries and institutions concerned and Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Vikram Kumar Doraiswami signed the deals on state guesthouse Padma in the capital on behalf of Bangladesh and India respectively.

Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque, State Minister for Culture Affairs Khalid Hossain and Foreign Secretary Masud bin Momen were present at the signing ceremony.

The memorandums of understanding include a framework for hydrocarbon cooperation, agricultural cooperation, cooperation between New Delhi Museum and Bangabandhu Museum, creating sanctuaries to protect elephants, a high-impact community development project and a trilateral deal for the procurement of waste management equipment for the sewerage project in Barishal.

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