International Desk: After a long hiatus, the Agartala-Kolkata bus service will finally start on June 10 via Dhaka. Tickets for the bus will go on sale from June 1. The Tripura government made the announcement on Saturday (May 29).
Due to the coronavirus, the bus service on this route was stopped for about two years. The bus was supposed to start running from April 26 as the infection situation was very normal. However, due to unavoidable reasons, it was postponed.
According to the Tripura Transport Department official, tickets for Agartala to Kolkata (via Dhaka) tickets will be available at the Tripura Road Transport Corporation counter in Krishnanagar from June 1. The fare per passenger is Rs 2,300.
Rajesh Kumar Das, managing director of TRDC, said the two countries had agreed to run buses on the Agartala-Kolkata route via Dhaka. Meetings have also been held with officials of customs and other departments at the border to launch the bus. As a result, there are no more obstacles for buses on this route.
Tripura residents will benefit from the bus service on the Agartala-Kolkata international route via Dhaka. Air fares from Agartala to Kolkata are much higher. The train line collapsed due to floods in Assam. Many long-distance train schedules have been canceled.
It takes about 19 hours to reach Kolkata by bus from Agartala. The distance is about 500 kilometers. On the other hand, it takes about 35 hours to travel around Guwahati by train. As a result, it will save both money and time for the residents of Tripura to reach Kolkata via Dhaka.
Meanwhile, the Mitali Express between New Jalpaiguri and Dhaka is going to be launched from June 1. On the same day, Indian Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishna and Bangladesh Railway Minister will inaugurate the journey of Virtual Mitali Express. Passengers must have a valid visa and passport to travel on this route.