September 19, 2021, 5:51 pm
Nurkader Sarkar Imran, Domar (Nilphamari): A freight train with 40 Indian bogies arrived at Chilahati. As a result, after 56 years, trains started running again on the Chilahati-Haldibari railway line. A freight wagon (bogie) carrying 40 stones from Domding railway station in Alipore Duar division of India reached Chilahati railway station in Bangladesh via Haldibari today (Sunday, August 1) at 5:26 pm. Leaving the stone wagons at Chilahati station, guards Mukesh Kumar, driver Ajid Roy and Manjid Pal returned to India with Indian engines. Engineer-2 Project Director of Pakshi Division of Western Railway Abdur Rahim, Assistant Executive Engineer Rakib Hachan, Deputy Assistant Engineer Shariful Islam, Traffic Surgeon Habibur Rahman, Nilphamari Revenue Officer Arnirban Kumar Shah, Assistant were present at Chilahati Railway Station. Railway officials including Chilahati immigration officer Nurul Islam.
The stone-carrying wagons imported by Khan & Sons Agency in Dinajpur will be taken from Chilahati to Noapara in Jessore on Sunday night or Monday anytime with a Bangladeshi engine. After 55 years, the people of the two Bengals on the border rejoiced to see this railway revived. It may be recalled that the railway, which was closed during the Pak-India war, was inaugurated on 16 December 2020 after a long 55 years from Chilahati in Bangladesh to Haldibari in India.
The two prime ministers, Sheikh Hasina and Narendra Modi, inaugurated the event via video conference. Besides, on March 26 this year, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Narendra Modi jointly inaugurated the Mitali Express train from Dhaka to New Jalpaiguri. Although the passenger train was inaugurated, the wheel of the passenger train was stopped for the time being due to corona situation. Mitali will actually start flying the flags of the two countries in a favorable environment.
Before the independence of India in 1947, there was a direct rail link between Chilahati and Haldibari. After the Indo-Pakistani war in September 1965, rail communication was cut off.