NEW DELHI: Bangladesh has agreed to examine the possibility of increasing the frequency of Maitree Express linking Dhaka and Kolkata to four times from the currrent three times a week.
At a meeting between Indian Railways and Bangladesh Railways here, both agreed to start transportation by rail of petroleum products from Numaligarh Refinery in Assam to Parbatipur in Bangladesh through the existing interchange points at Rohanpur and Singhabad.
As regards the need of increasing the frequency of Maitree Express to four times, it was agreed that Bangladesh Railway would conduct a due diligence exercise and revert to Indian Railways in due course, said a senior Railway Ministry official.
Indian Railways also expressed its readiness to convert Maitree Express into a fully air-conditioned service.
It was also agreed in the meeting that both sides would further pursue the initiative to shift Customs and Immigration checks to Kolkata and Dhaka.
In response to the popular demand and need for introduction of a weekly passenger service between Khulna and Kolkata, both sides agreed to expeditiously evaluate the feasibility of initially operating this once a week service via the longer Gede–Darsana route with an Indian Railways’ rake and review arrangements after issues relating to conduct
of Customs and Immigration checks at Benapole/Petrapol or at Kolkata/Dhaka get settled.