A train chugged along a 2.5km-long re-laid tracks in Cooch Behar’s Haldibari, near the Bangladesh border, for the first time in 53 years.
The trial run by an engine with six coaches was part of a plan to revive railway services between India and Bangladesh.
The Northeast Frontier Railway is re-laying tracks for 3.5km from Haldibari to the zero point on the Bangladesh border to connect with Chilahati station on the other side.
Haldibari is around 30km from here.
“Till 1965, trains between Calcutta and north Bengal used to ply on the Haldibari-Chilahati route (a distance of 6km). Even the Darjeeling Mail would take this route. For the first time in 53 years, an engine moved along the route, close to the border,” said Gouranga Sarkar, a senior resident of Haldibari.
Sarkar recollected that the fare from Haldibari to Calcutta those days was Rs 65. Read More…