Defunct for the reason that India-Pakistan struggle of 1965, the rail hyperlink between Haldibari and Chilahati was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina on Thursday, taking the variety of operational rail hyperlinks between the 2 nations to 5.
With this new hyperlink coming into operation, vacationers from Bangladesh will be capable of go to locations like Darjeeling, Sikkim, Dooars, aside from nations like Nepal and Bhutan, with ease.
Economic actions of those South Asian nations can even be benefitted from this new rail hyperlink, the railways stated.
PM Modi and Ms Hasina collectively inaugurated the railway hyperlink between Haldibari in India and Chilahati in Bangladesh throughout a main minister-level digital bilateral summit.
Later, a items practice was flagged off by the Railway Minister of Bangladesh, Mohammad Nurul Islam Sujan, from the Chilahati station, which entered India passing by way of the worldwide border, thus heralding a brand new period for the folks residing in each the nations.
The railway networks of India and Bangladesh are largely inherited from the British-era Indian Railways. After the partition in 1947, seven rail hyperlinks have been operational between India and the then East Pakistan (as much as 1965).
“Presently, there are four operational rail links between India and Bangladesh. They are Petrapole (India)-Benapole (Bangladesh), Gede (India)-Darshana (Bangladesh), Singhabad (India)-Rohanpur (Bangladesh), Radhikapur (India)-Birol (Bangladesh).”
The Haldibari-Chilahati rail hyperlink being made purposeful from December 17 is the fifth rail hyperlink between India and Bangladesh.
“The Haldibari-Chilahati rail link was operational till 1965. This was part of the broad gauge main route from Kolkata to Siliguri during partition. Trains travelling to Assam and north Bengal continued to travel through the then East Pakistan territory even after partition. For example, a train from Sealdah to Siliguri used to enter East Pakistan territory from Darshana and exit using the Haldibari-Chilahati link. However, the war of 1965 effectively cut off all the railway links between India and the then East Pakistan. So on the eastern sector of India, partition of the railways thus happened in 1965. So the importance of the reopening of this rail link can be well imagined,” an announcement from the railway ministry stated.
In May 2015, in pursuance of the joint declaration on the Inter-Governmental Railway Meeting (IGRM) held in Delhi, the Railway Board sanctioned the development of a brand new broad gauge line from the Haldibari station to the Bangladesh border for reference to Chilahati with a size of three.5 km in 2016-17 with a purpose to reopen the erstwhile rail hyperlink.
While the Indian Railways has restored the tracks as much as the worldwide border from the Haldibari station at a price of Rs 82.72 crore, the Bangladesh Railways has additionally accordingly undertaken upgrading and laying of lacking tracks from the Chilahati station to the worldwide border.
On the Bangladeshi aspect, the prevailing Chilahati-Parbatipur-Santahar-Darshana line is already in broad gauge.
“The Haldibari-Chilahati route will be beneficial for transit into Bangladesh from Assam and West Bengal. This newly-opened rail link will enhance rail network accessibility to the main ports, dry ports and land borders to support the growth in regional trade and encourage economic and social development of the region. Common people and businessmen of both the countries will be able to reap the benefits of both goods and passenger traffic once passenger trains are planned in this route,” the ministry stated.