Bus service between Kolkata & Barisal likely in near future
Kolkata: A proposal has been floated to introduce a bus service between Kolkata and Barisal in Bangladesh.
It may be mentioned that operators of buses in both Kolkata and Dhaka have already held a meeting in this connection, sources said.
According to an official, it has been a long-standing demand of the residents of both Kolkata and Barisal, to introduce a bus service between the two places. At present, there are bus services from Kolkata to Dhaka and Kolkata to Khulna. Both the services had become immensely successful as hundreds of people opted for the service.
If everything goes as planned, initially the bus service from Kolkata to Khulna will extend up to Barisal. The official said that there were initial talks in this connection and the operators have discussed that extension of the bus service up to Barisal might help in meeting the longstanding demand of the people in both the places.
Though the state Secretariat has so far not opposed the proposal, introduction of the service needs clearance from both the countries. It has been learnt that the service may get introduced by the end of this year.
The bus service between the two important locations will further improve the ties between the neighbouring countries. It has been learnt that the proposal to introduce bus service between Kolkata and Barisal is under active consideration and a nod in this connection may be given soon.
There is also demand for introduction of bus service between Kolkata and Chittagong.
It may be recalled that the Kolkata-Khulna-Dhaka bus service was introduced in March 2017 and in November of the same year, Bandhan Express, connecting Kolkata and Khulna, was flagged off.
The introduction of Bandhan Express had once again established the rail link between the two neighbouring countries, that had existed before 1965.