First tri-nation bus service flagged off from Dhaka

- A Monitor Report 24 Apr, 2018 | 3427 Views|-+

First trial of bus service on Bangladesh-India-Nepal route rolled out from Dhaka, what is seen as a major development in cross border transport service among the three nations.

Trial-run of tri-nation Dhaka-Siliguri-Kathmandu bus service flagged off from BRTC International Terminal at Motijheel in Bangladesh capital on April 23 to enhance people-to-people contact in Bangladesh, India and Nepal.

Two buses carrying 80 delegates of the three nations and led by BRTC Chairman Fariduddin Ahmed and seven bus crew will reach Kathmandu, on April 26, via Shiliguri, scrutinising in detail all the aspects of the journey.

Among others who were present during the flag off were Gaurav Gandhi, first secretary (economic) of the Indian High Commission in Dhaka, and Dhan Bahadur Oli, deputy chief of mission at Nepal Embassy.

Five more Indian delegates would join the run in India and one ADB delegate from Nepal, he added.

The two buses of Shyamoli NR Travels buses set out and are scheduled to reach Kathmandu via Gabtoli-Nabinagar-Chandra-Elenga-Hatikumrul-Bogra-Rangpur-Panchagarh-Banglabandha (Bangladesh)-Phulbari (West Bengal)-Shiliguri (West Bengal)-Panitanki (West Bengal)-Kakarvita (Nepal)-Kathmandu (Nepal) route.

On their return the delegation will they will submit a report, based on which a protocol will be signed by June this year. After the protocol agreement, commercial bus service will be launched.

The initiative was taken under Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal initiative’s sub-regional motor vehicle agreement.

“This marks a good beginning of sub-regional connectivity,” said Nazrul Islam, secretary for the Bangladesh Road Transport and Highways Division. He said, the protocol will be signed “soon”.

The new service would increase people-to-people contact, cultural exchange and tourism facilities.

Currently, passengers use Lalmonirhat-Burimari-Changrabandha-Siliguri-Kakarvita route to go to Kathmandu. The new route will cut short the journey by more than 100km, while the passengers will be able to enjoy some of the lush green hills on the way. The distance of the new route is about 1,100 kilometres.

‘Before starting regular service, we will evaluate and examine the road condition, facilities for rest and recreation and locations of petrol pumps during the trial run,’ he said.

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