Indo-Bangla Inter-Governmental Railway Meeting begins in Dhaka

ढका Dhaka:  India and Bangladesh inter-Governmental Railway talks started today at 10.00 a.m. at Dhaka in Bangladesh.  India and Bangladesh are to undertake a complete review of railway cooperation between the two countries and ways and means to improve connectivity and services.

Earlier, Embassies of India and Bangladesh in New Delhi and Dhaka released a statement on the India-Bangladesh Inter-Governmental Railway Meeting (IGRM) to take place on April 21-23 in Dhaka.  The two delegations would also discuss cargo train operations and the feasibility of introducing container train services between India and Bangladesh.

The Indian High Commission here said the three-day additional secretary level meeting would review railway cooperation between the two countries and “ways and means to improve connectivity and services”.

The railway cooperation assumed significance as India’s USD 800 million line of credit rolled out mostly for railway development projects in Bangladesh.

The meeting would discuss measures to make the travel “more convenient and comfortable”.

Ways of re-opening some old connectivity points such as Birol (Bangladesh) — Radhikapur (India), Chilahati (Bangladesh) — Haldibari (India), and construction of new connectivity points such as Akhaura-Agartala would also be discussed.