Bangladesh and India have agreed to increase freight trains service for transportation of essential commodities after getting good response from businessmen of the two countries.
The agreement came during a video conference meeting between Rail Secretary Mohammad Selim Reza and Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Reva Ganguly Das on Wednesday.
The meeting shared that since the goods train service between Bangladesh India started on May 11, Bangladesh Railways (BR) received 39 trains from India, including 24 with onions, three with garlic, ginger and tamarind, five with fly ash, a raw materials for cement factory and one with paddy seeds .
Sources said though initially BR has been rejected to accept stones due to unavailability of labours, it started receiving trains with stones before Eid-ul-Fitr bringing 15,000 mtns stones till May 31.
They said six more trains arrived on June 1 and 2 and three are expected on Wednesday.
During an-hour virtual meeting, both sides also talked about carrying Indian train operation upto Khulna.
Bangladesh and Indian Railways in support of the Ministry of Commerce and Indian High Commission on May 04, decided to utilise the train’s freight services for goods transportation due to suspension of road between the two countries since March 26.
BR sources said all these trains arrived in Bangladesh through Rohonpur-Singabad, Benapole-Petrapole, Darshana-Gede and Birol-Radhikapur borders with highest number through Darshana-Gede
Except stones, all other commodities were used to come to the country through road communication during normal period.