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Volvo bus connecting Dhaka with Kolkata and Agartala

29 Oct 2015

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Four months after Bangladesh and India launched bus services linking Kolkata to Agartala via Dhaka, Volvo bus services on the same route has been launched on October 16. Bangladesh government has made special security arrangements by providing on-board police and escort for safe travel.

Tripura Transport Minister Manik Dey flagged off the Volvo bus service at the Tripura Road Transport Corporation (TRTC) international bus terminus depot amid much fanfare.

 

Tripura Transport Minister Manik Dey flagged off the Volvo bus service at the Tripura Road Transport Corporation (TRTC) international bus terminus depot amid much fanfare.
 Expressing their happiness on being part of the first Volvo service from Agartala, passengers said it was like a dream coming true. Abdus Salam, a Canadian citizen who hails from Bangladesh, said “I feel proud to know that this bus service will improve friendship between Bangladesh and India. It will also improve business and other social activities.

 

Tripura’s Transport Secretary Samarjit Bhaumik said “Adequate security arrangements have been made as per the protocol signed between Bangladesh and India. There will be two Bangladeshi security personnel on board in the vehicle when it plies across Bangladesh. Besides a special arrangement has been made in view of some recent violent incidents including killing of two foreign nationals in Bangladesh. Now a security vehicle will be escorting the Volvo bus right from Akhaura via Dhaka down to Benapole, Petrapole”.

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi had jointly flagged off the Dhaka-Shillong-Guwahati and the Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala bus services during the latter’s visit to Dhaka in June. While the Dhaka-Shillong-Guwahati service is yet to start, the Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala service began operating.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi had jointly flagged off the Dhaka-Shillong-Guwahati and the Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala bus services during the latter’s visit to Dhaka in June. While the Dhaka-Shillong-Guwahati service is yet to start, the Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala service began operating.
 

 

Bus in the Dhaka-Shillong-Guwahati route would be run by Bangladesh government. Buses on this route would originate three days a week each from Guwahati and Dhaka respectively.

 

These bus services are aimed at improving people to people contact between the neighbouring countries by enhancing connectivity. The Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala bus route has reduced the distance between West Bengal and landlocked Tripura which is surrounded by Bangladesh from three sides, by 560 km.




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