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PM to flag off 'Benapole Express' on Wednesday

  • Published at 08:41 pm July 16th, 2019
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File photo: Benapole express leaves Benapole station Dhaka Tribune

She will also inaugurate the extension of Dhaka-Rajshahi non-stop intercity ‘Bonolata Express’ train services to Chapainawabganj

The Benapole Express, a new intercity train between Dhaka and country’s largest land port at Benapole, will start its journey on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina will flag off the ‘Benapole Express’ train through a video conference from Ganobhaban, said an official release from the railway ministry on Tuesday.

She will also inaugurate the extension of Dhaka-Rajshahi non-stop intercity ‘Bonolata Express’ train services to Chapainawabganj.

Earlier, the premier inaugurated the service on April 25 last to boost rail connectivity with the northern districts.

The Benapole Express train, with 896 seats in 12 compartments, will travel between Benapole and Dhaka everyday with stopovers in Ishwardi, Jashore and Dhaka Airport stations.

The train will leave Benapole at 11.30am and reach Dhaka at 7pm, while it will depart Dhaka for Beanpole at 12.30am and reach the destination at 8 am, officials said.

The train’s ticket price has been fixed at Tk500 for Shovan chair, Tk1,000 for air-conditioned seat and Tk1,200 for air-conditioned cabin.

The coaches of the train were procured from Indonesia and already have gone for trial.

People will be able to avail the train service during their coming Eid journey.