India, Bangladesh discuss greater rail cooperation

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 16, 2013 15:40 hrs

New Delhi, Jan 16 (IANS) The Indian and Bangladeshi railways Wednesday concluded three days of talks on the running of the Maitree Express and streamlining inter-country freight train operations, a statement said.

Upgradation of railway infrastructure and greater connectivity points to enhance people-to-people contact between the two South Asian countries was also part of the discussion, the statement said.

"The inter-ministerial bilateral meeting is held alternately in Dhaka and New Delhi and provides a forum for discussion of important railway-related issues," the statement said.

Among the decisions taken at the meeting were: need to expedite projects for opening rail links between Akhaura (Bangladesh) and Agartala (India), Chilahati (Bangladesh) and Haldibari (India), Shahbazpur (Bangladesh) and Mahishashan (India) and Birol (Bangladesh) and Radhikapur (India).

The feasibility of establishing a rail link between Feni (Bangladesh) and Belonia (India), would also be explored, officials said.

A Working Group comprising officials of both countries has been formed to examine the feasibility of increasing the frequency of the Maitree Express and introducing the system of return tickets, they said.

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