The train, having the capacity of 150 tons in its five wagons, will depart Chapainawabganj for Dhaka via Rajshahi every day
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday inaugurated this year's "special mango train" on Chapainawabganj-Dhaka route via Rajshahi in order to transport mangoes at lower cost.
She opened the special train service through a virtual platform from her official residence Ganabhaban in Dhaka.
The West Zone of Bangladesh Railway took the initiative last year to transport mangoes at a lower cost for the welfare of mango farmers and traders amid the Covid-19 situation.
The train, having the capacity of 150 tons in its five wagons, will depart Chapainawabganj for Dhaka via Rajshahi every day and the transport cost is up to Tk1.3 per kg and Tk1,300 per ton mangoes.
On the other hand, courier services cost Tk 20,000 per ton and private trucks cost around Tk 2,000 a ton for carrying mangoes.
The train will have stoppages for loading mangoes at 14 stations on the Chapainawabganj-Dhaka railway route. The train may make stoppages at other stations based on parcel booking and unloading.
At the function, the prime minister also virtually laid the foundation stone of Madhukhali (Faridpur)-Kamarkhali-Magura New Rail Line Construction Project.
She said that her government had plans to bring the whole country under the railway network in phases and build a dedicated rail bridge on the Jamuna River.
Bangladesh Railway is implementing the project to build the 24.80 km broad-gauge track at the estimated cost of Tk1,202 crore within 18 months.
On May 29, 2018, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) cleared the project to construct the rail line from Madhukhali to Magura via Kamarkhali in Faridpur.
Railways Minister Md Nurul Islam Sujan presided over the function joining the function from Magura.
Prime Minister's Principal Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus conducted the event, while Railways Secretary Md Salim Reza delivered the welcome speech.