River route to connect Dhaka and Kolkata from March 29

- A Monitor Desk Report 14 Mar, 2019 | 1235 Views|-+
Dhaka: Following air, road and rail, Bangladesh and India is going to be connected by river routes with introduction of ship service between Dhaka and Kolkata on March 29.

Intending visitors to India will be able to travel to Kolkata from Dhaka by the ship ‘MV Madhumati’ from March 29 through inland water route,.

A press release of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) said that the service is being commenced under the Bangladesh-India Water Protocol Agreement to ease transportation between the two countries.

Currently tourists can travel between Dhaka and Kolkata either by bus, train or air. Besides, cargo ships carrying fly ash and coal also move between the two countries.

But the passenger ship is a totally new addition in connecting the two neighboring countries.

BIWTC said that the ship setting out from Narayanganj Pagla Mary Anderson VIP Jetty, will reach Kolkata via Barishal, Mongla, Sundarbans, Antihara and Haldiya.

After setting out from Narayanganj on the night of March 29, the ship will reach Barishal at 5 am on March 30. After a three-hour break, the ship will start for Antihara. Here immigration formalities will be conducted and then it will move to Kolkata. The journey time will be four days.

The fare of Dhaka-Kolkata trip was fixed at the range of BDT 1,500 to BDT 15,000 based on different seat categories. Family Cabin (two members) will cost the highest BDT 15,000, first class seat BDT 5,000, Delux (two persons) BDT 10,000, Economy Chair BDT 8,000 and Deck will cost minimum BDT 1,500 for each passenger.

Bangladesh and India agreed on introducing passenger service on waterways. An agreement was signed by Secretary for Bangladesh water transport Abdus Samad and India’s Shipping Secretary Gopal Krisna on behalf of the respective countries.

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