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India-Bangladesh Commercial Railway Link

India-Bangladesh Commercial Railway Link:

Bangladesh and India started regular operation of freight trains through the restored Haldibari-Chilahati rail route after over 50 years, which will strengthen railway connectivity and bilateral trade between the two countries.

  • The Haldibari-Chilahati rail link is one such route that was operational till 1965.
  • Another rail link, between Agartala-Akhaura, is scheduled to open by the end of 2021.
  • After the Partition in 1947, seven rail links were operational between India and Bangladesh (then East Pakistan) until 1965.
  • Presently, there are Five rail links between Bangladesh and India that are operational.
  • They are Petrapole (India)-Benapole (Bangladesh), Gede (India)-Darshana (Bangladesh), Singhabad (India)-Rohanpur (Bangladesh), Radhikapur (India)-Birol (Bangladesh), Haldibari (India)-Chilahati (Bangladesh).

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