The governments of Bangladesh and India are working to restore the rail route between Dhaka and Darjeeling.
Railway Minister Mujibul Haque told the Dhaka Tribune that the initiative will restore the route after 52 years of neglect.
The rail lines connecting India and Bangladesh were severed after the 1965 India-Pakistan war.
Minister Mujibul said: “We are expanding our rail connection with India to facilitate the increasing trade and tourism.”
“We will wrap up the project by late 2019” the minister said.
The re-established link will connect Chilahati station in Nilphamari with Haldibari station in Cooch Behar district in West Bengal, which will then allow trains to go to Darjeeling via Shiliguri.
Bangladesh and India are working on two separate projects for the rail link.
Seven kilometer of broad-gauge track will be laid by Bangladesh on the Chilahati-Haldibari route with India laying another 3km of track.
The project is costing Bangladesh Tk78.13 crore.
According to the Indian Bureau of Statistics, there were 965,000 tourists from Bangladesh to India in February, the highest for the month.
The route will also help trade by opening up new routes for freight transportation.