Since the betterment of the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for tickets for the India-Bangladesh international train has increased dramatically and the Indian Railways has responded by opening two more ticket counters at Kolkata station, an official said on Friday. These counters, in addition to the two counters already existing at Kolkata station, are available for passengers using Maitri Express, Bandhan Express, or Mithali Express between the two neighboring countries.
He said the four ticket counters, exclusively for Indo-Bangladesh international train passengers, would help cope with the increased demand after the pandemic hit and would remain open between 10 am and 4 pm on all weekdays .
Maitri Express runs between Kolkata and Dhaka, Bandhan Express connects Kolkata to Khulna, and Mitali Express runs between New Jalpaiguri and Dhaka.
Earlier, Northeast Frontier Railway had opened ticket counter at Guwahati railway station for passengers of Mithali Express. The ticket counter was opened with an aim to provide smooth travel for train passengers traveling through international borders. The distance between New Jalpaiguri in North Bengal and Guwahati, the main city of Assam, is 333 km. NFR, one of the 17 railway zones of India, operates fully and partially in six of the eight northeastern states except Meghalaya and Sikkim, and seven districts of West Bengal and five districts of north Bihar.
The new Jalpaiguri-Dhaka Cantonment “Mithali Express”, which connects India and Bangladesh, was officially inaugurated in June 2022 by Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav and his Bangladeshi counterpart Mohd Nurul Islam Sujon. This is the third passenger train running between Bangladesh and India. The new train will operate twice a week on Sundays and Wednesdays, New Jalpaiguri – Dhaka Cantonment train number 13132. Dhaka Cantonment – New Jalpaiguri Mitali Express train number 13131 will run on every Monday and Thursday in the return journey. Between New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal and Dhaka Cantonment in Bangladesh, the train will cover a distance of around 513 kms in nine hours.
With inputs from PTI