Bangladesh and India are working on Dhaka-Darjeeling train route!
Railway Minister Mujibul Haque told that the initiative will restore the route after 52 years of neglect.
The rail lines connecting India and Bangladesh were severed after the 1965 India-Pakistan war.
Minister Mujibul said: “We are expanding our rail connection with India to facilitate the increasing trade and tourism.”
“We will wrap up the project by late 2019” the minister said.
The re-established link will connect Chilahati station in Nilphamari with Haldibari station in Cooch Behar district in West Bengal, which will then allow trains to go to Darjeeling via Shiliguri.
Bangladesh and India are working on two separate projects for the rail link.
Seven kilometer of broad-gauge track will be laid by Bangladesh on the Chilahati-Haldibari route with India laying another 3km of track.
The project is costing Bangladesh Tk78.13 crore.
According to the Indian Bureau of Statistics, there were 965,000 tourists from Bangladesh to India in February, the highest for the month.
The route will also help trade by opening up new routes for freight transportation.
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, nicknamed the ‘Toy Train’, runs from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling in West Bengal was built between 1879 and 1881 and is about 86 kilometres (53 mi) long.
Dhaka-Darjeeling train route can be started by 2020.