The new bus route from Kolkata to Agartala will take around 18 hours including the customs and immigration checks. The officials are also likely to discuss how the checking time can be reduced, as it causes major inconvenience to the passengers.
An official said that the trains on a regular basis carry around 400 passengers. Both the governments are considering to increase people to people contact and for that the rail and road links are going to increase, particularly after the land boundary agreement going to be a reality. For that the transport officials of Bengal had proposed a bus link to Chittagong from Kolkata and another to Shillong via Dinajpur in Bangaldesh. Nilanjan Shandilya, MD of West Bengal Surface Transport Corporation (WBSTC) said that the two proposed routes had been sent to the Centre for clearance. But the bus to Chittagong can take over 18 hours, though it will help trade links, officials said.
Another rail link is also on the cards connecting Kolkata with North Bengal through Iswardi in Bangladesh via Nilphamari in northern Bangladesh to Siliguri or Cooch Behar. During the post-independence days, Kolkata-Siliguri trains used to run in this route too, this is likely to be revived soon.
- Kolkata to Khulna
- Kolkata to Agartala via Dhaka
- Kolkata to North Bengal via Nilphamari
Bus links :
- Kolkata to Chittagong
- Kolkata to Shillong via Bangladesh