Modi, Hasina flag off bus services between India and Bangladesh

Written by | June 6, 2015 | 0

Dhaka: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday flagged off the Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala and Dhaka-Shillong-Guwahati bus services here.

“Connecting lands, binding hearts. PM @narendramodi and PM Sheikh Hasina flag off buses to Guwahati and Agartala,” Vikas Swarup, spokesperson of the external affairs ministry spokesman, tweeted.

Prior to flagging of the services, the two leaders boarded the buses and greeted the passengers.

The Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala service will reduce the travel time between the capitals of India’s West Bengal and Tripura states by one-third.

During the flag off ceremony on the first day of Modi’s visit, he handed over a symbolic ticket of the Agartala-Dhaka-Kolkata service to Hasina and she handed over a symbolic ticket of Dhaka-Shillong-Guwahati service to her Indian counterpart. Banerjee gave Hasina a symbolic ticket of the Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala service.

These bus services are aimed at improving people-to-people contact between the neighbouring countries by enhancing connectivity.

There would be two buses on the Kolkata-Agartala-Dhaka route, one of which would be run by the West Bengal government and the other by the Tripura government.

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