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20-04-2017
Press Release: MINISTER OF RAILWAYS FLAGGED OFF STATE-OF-THE-ART LHB CONVERTED FULLY AC KOLKATA – DHAKA CANTT. MAITREE EXPRESS

                    

MINISTER OF RAILWAYS FLAGGED OFF STATE-OF-THE-ART LHB CONVERTED

FULLY AC KOLKATA – DHAKA CANTT. MAITREE EXPRESS

 

Kolkata, April 14, 2017:

Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister of Railways flagged off (through Video Conferencing from New Delhi) the LHB (Linke Hoffmann Busch) converted, fully air-conditioned rake of Kolkata – Dhaka Cantt. Maitree Express at Kolkata station today (14.4.2017).

Speaking o­n the occasion, Shri Prabhu said that although there is an international border between the two Bengals, the cultural and social bonding between the Bengalees living o­n either side of the border are still as warm as it was used to be 70 years back. In view of this, Government of India and Government of Bangladesh decided to run passenger train Maitree Express between Kolkata and Dhaka Cantt. stations o­n April 14, 2008 which coincides Bengali New Year. Since then, the train was hauled by conventional coaches manufactured by Integral Coach Factory (ICF). Now the Maitree Express has been converted into fully air-conditioned LHB rake from today, which will provide more passenger amenities and safety. Shri Prabhu also said that the running of Maitree Express fulfills the long cherished aspirations of the people of these two countries and improved the bilateral relations between India and Bangladesh.

Shri Prabhu further said that since people of both the countries are demanding more and more connectivity between the two countries, Government of India and Government of Bangladesh have decided to run another passenger train between Kolkata and Khulna through Petrapole and Benapole route. To implement this decision, the trial run of the train was already taken place o­n April 8, 2017. Shri Prabhu hopes that the regular train service between Kolkata and Khulna is expected to commence by July, 2017.

Shri S. N. Agrawal, General Manager, Eastern & South Eastern Railways said that efforts are o­n to introduce end to end visa immigration formalities etc. to reduce the journey time and detention enroute at Gede in Indian side and at Darsana in Bangladesh side. Similar arrangements will also be made in case of Khulna-Kolkata Maitree Express which will be o­n regular run from July this year. Shri Satish Kumar, Addl. General Manager, Eastern Railway and other principal head of the departments of Eastern Railway were also present o­n the occasion.

It is stated that as a result of the conversion of Maitree Express into fully air-conditioned LHB rake, the composition and seating capacity of Maitree Express trains will be as follows:

Type of Coaches

No. of Coaches

Seating capacity of each coach

Total

AC 1st Cabin

4

36

144

AC Chair Car

4

78

312

Power Car

2

0

0

Total

10

 

456

TIMETABLE

13109/13110 & 13108/13107 Kolkata – Dhaka Cantt. Maitree Express

Kolkata

(Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat)

Gede

Dhaka Cantt.

(Sun, Wed, Fri, Sat)

7.10

9.25

18.00

18.10

16.00

07.00





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