India and B`desh agree on `serious efforts` for rail links

India and Bangladesh agreed that "serious efforts" are required to restore the railway links between the two countries that had been snapped during the 1965 Indo-Pak war, six years before the liberation of Bangladesh.

Last Updated: Apr 24, 2011, 23:15 PM IST

Dhaka: India and Bangladesh on Sunday agreed that
"serious efforts" are required to restore the railway links
between the two countries that had been snapped during the
1965 Indo-Pak war, six years before the liberation of
Bangladesh.

The emphasis on restoring the rail lines was made when
Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma met Bangladesh
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina here.

"Both sides agreed that serious efforts are needed to
restore the railway lines that went into disuse after 1965
war," the Indian Commerce Ministry said in a statement.

The rail links were snapped during the 1965 Indo-Pak war
when Bangladesh was a part of Pakistan.

There are already five rail links between India and
Bangladesh Gede (India), Darsana (B’desh) broad gauge,
Singhabad (India)-Rohanpur (B’desh) broad gauge, Petrapole
(India)-Benapole (B’desh) broad gauge, Radhikapur
(India)-Shahbazar (B’desh)-metre gauge.

The two countries have already activated the
Kolkata-Dhaka rail link.

Meanwhile, the Bangladesh Prime Minister expressed
satisfaction over the outcome of the visit of the Indian
Minister and called the Indian decision `timely`.

She said that measures announced during the visit show
India`s firm commitment towards fulfilling the provisions of
India-Bangladesh Joint Statement, January 2010.

Sharma was here with a strong business delegation.
During the visit India got further assurance on the use of
Chittagong and Mongola ports.

Sharma said that this would provide tremendous benefit
for trade and development of Bangladesh and the North-East of
India.

A railway link between Rohanpur and Singhabad to
facilitate transit traffic from Bangladesh to Nepal through
India and making the Akhoura-Agartala line operational were
finalised during Hasina`s visit to India in January last year.

PTI