The annual revenue from Kurigram Express is expected to be Tk25 crore
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has launched the much coveted inter-city train 'Kurigram Express' on the Kurigram-Dhaka-Kurigram route.
She flagged off Kurigram Express through a video conference from her official residence Ganabhaban on Wednesday.
The premier also opened the new coaches of Rangpur Express and Lalmoni Express in order to provide better services to the passengers.
Bangladesh Railway has introduced this direct train to fulfill the long-standing expectations of the people of Kurigram. It is set to cut the railway distance between Dhaka and Kurigram by 120 kilometers by saving two hours.
Kurigram Express will have stopovers at stations including Lalmonirhat, Kaunia, Rangpur, Badarganj, Parbatipur, Joypurhat, Shantahar, Tongi, and Dhaka airport.
It consists 653 seats of four types – Shovon chair, AC chair, AC seat, AC berth — and the fares are TK510, Tk972, Tk1,168, Tk1,804 respectively. The annual revenue from the train is expected to be Tk25 crore.
Meanwhile, the prime minister opened the newly imported passenger coaches of Rangpur Express and Lalmoni Express, currently running on the Rangpur-Dhaka route and Lalmonirhat-Dhaka route, to improve the passenger facilities.
The railway is importing 200 passenger coaches from Indonesia at Tk620 crore, and of them, 50 have already arrived in the first consignment. The price of each coach is Tk3.03 crore.
Later, Sheikh Hasina exchanged views with different stakeholders of the trains through the video conference.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi, and Social Welfare Minister Nuruzzaman Ahmed were present at the inaugural event.
Railways Minister Md Nurul Islam Sujan also spoke at the launching function joining the video conference from Kurigram.
Principal Secretary Nojibur Rahman moderated the launching function, while Railways Secretary Md Mofazzel Hossain made an audio-visual presentation highlighting the development of Bangladesh Railway in the last 11 years.