इंडियन आवाज़     27 Feb 2024 03:49:57      انڈین آواز

First Container train for Bangladesh flagged off from Kolkata


The first container train to Bangladesh was flagged off from the Container Corporation of India Ltd’s (CONCOR) terminal at Majerhat, Kolkata on Friday. The train with 50 containers is carrying FMCG goods like soaps, shampoos and textile fabric. It is scheduled to arrive at Benapole in Bangladesh on Sunday.

The process for facilitating movement of Container trains from India to Bangladesh started in 2017 when an MoU was signed by Container Corporation of India and the Bangladesh Container Company Ltd. It was followed up by a trial run of the first container train from Kolkata to Bangabandhusetu West station (BBW) in April 2018.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, movement of goods between India and Bangladesh was disrupted due to restrictions imposed by both the countries. The High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das alongwith the Railway advisor at the High Commission Anita Barik took up the issue with Bangladesh authorities to facilitate container train services through the Benapole-Petrapole rail link. The container train service has been flagged off after the Bangladesh government agreed to the proposal.

The Container Train Service is going to be a regular service connecting various terminals of Indian Railways network to Bangladesh. Container Train Service is an additional service which is going to transport cargo by rail to Bangladesh other than the traditional Freight Trains Services and the newly introduced Parcel Train Service.

Container train services are cost effective and safer to carry FMCG, chemicals and consumer durables requiring shorter transit time. In contrast, traditional freight trains carry bulk items like fertiliser, coal, iron ore and cement among others.

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