KOLKATA: The trial run of the first container train service between Kolkata and Dhaka was flagged off on Tuesday.
According to media reports, the trial run of the first India-Bangladesh container train service was flagged off by Manasi Banerjee, one of the senior-most employees of Container Corporation of India Ltd (CONCOR).
Harindra Rao, General Manager, Eastern Railway and Kalyan Rama, CMD, CONCORBSE was also present during the event.
Kolkata: #Visuals from trial run of Kolkata-Dhaka container train, first container train between India and Bangladesh, which was flagged off yesterday; the train will take around 8 hours to reach Bangaladesh and can carry 60 containers with maximum net weight of 12.247 kg in each pic.twitter.com/BWlr1NtUOj
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"The much-awaited demand of the trade is finally being met after a long passing by Container Corporation of India Ltd (CONCOR) and Indian Railways with Bangladesh Railway and other agencies of the two countries," Harindra Rao, General Manager, Eastern Railways, told ANI.
The container train will take around eight hours to reach Bangladesh and can carry 60 containers with a maximum net weight of 12.247 kg in each.
While passenger trains and goods train have been running between the two countries, container train service has begun for the first time.
It is expected to facilitate trade between India and Bangladesh.
(With ANI inputs)