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Tripura joins Dhaka-Kolkata-Agartala bus route

Update : 17 Oct 2015, 09:37 AM

Four months after India and Bangladesh launched a bus service linking Kolkata and Agartala via Dhaka, Tripura bus operators have also begun plying the route from Friday.

Tripura Transport Minister Manik Dey flagged off the Agartala-Kolkata bus service via Dhaka, with passengers from Tripura Road Transport Corporation (TRTC) bus depot, according to Indian media reports.

During Modi’s Dhaka visit, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala bus services and the Dhaka-Shillong -Guwahati bus services on June 6.  Tripura joined the service on Friday, merely after four months.

“The bus service was scheduled to begin on October 14 but has been postponed following the assault of an officer of Tripura Road Transport Corporation (TRTC) in Dhaka on Monday,” Dey told reporters.

However, he said, when the air ticket from Agartala to Kolkata is so high it would give some sorts of relief to the passengers as the initial bus fair was fixed at Rs1800 including the travel tax to the Bangladesh government.  

TRTC had purchased a 45-seater Volvo bus at a cost of around Rs 91 lakh for plying between Agartala to Kolkata via Dhaka, he added.

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