Alexa Nonstop train on Dhaka-Benapole route July 25

Nonstop train on Dhaka-Benapole route July 25


Published: 16:00 2 July 2019  

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Nonstop train services are being introduced on the Benapole-Dhaka route for the convenience of passengers traveling to India. It is known that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate this train before Eid-ul-Azha.

With a total of 900 seats, this train will have 12 coaches. These modern coaches have been brought from Indonesia. The train will reach Benapole in just 7.5 hours from Dhaka, said railway authority.

A trial of the train has already done for the new route. An engineer of the Railway (Western Region) said that the trial of the train was completed around 80-kilometer speed from Pirganj to Thakurgaon on Wednesday (June 26) with 17 broad-gauge coaches.

“The decision was taken to inaugurate the train on July 25. The work is going on accordingly,” said Benapole station master Mohammed Saiduzzaman.

“The AC waiting room in Benapole station is being renovated for passengers. But this train has not been named yet. Initially, three names have been fixed- Benapole Express, Bondor Express, and Ichamati Express. Prime Minister will choose any of these names,” he also said. 

Railway sources said that the train will leave Dhaka at 12:30 pm and will reach Benapole on next morning around 8:00 am. Then the train will again depart from Benapole for Dhaka at 11:30 pm. 

Initially, the new Non-AC Chair Coach of this train with modern facilities is Tk 500 and AC Chair Coach is Tk 1000. And the AC cabin rental is Tk 1,200. Besides, 10 percent additional for nonstop services.

With the introduction of direct rail communication between Dhaka and Benapole, there will be a great deal of business as well as passport passenger services. Every day 6000-7000 passport passengers travel in India from remote areas of the country. Most of these passengers came from Dhaka. Most of these passengers come from Dhaka.  Traffic crisis from Benapole and traffic congestion in Daulatdia-Paturia Ferry Ghat caused passengers to suffer a lot of harassment. If the train starts, the sufferings will be reduced. 

Benapole C&F Agent president Mofizur Rahman Sajan said, “If the railways on the Dhaka-Benapole route is introduced, then not only Benapole, but the entire country will be benefited.” 

“Our dreams will be successful through launching trains directly on Benapole-Dhaka route this month,” said Motiar Rahman, Chairman of the Import and Export Sub-Committee of Bangladesh Land Transport Chamber Commerce.  

The 38th intercity train will be added to Bangladesh Railway before the Eid. Panchagarh-bound ‘Panchagarh Express’ was added last time before the last Eid. Earlier, on the Dhaka-Rajshahi route, ‘Banalata Express’ was launched.