INDIAs FIRST INTERNATIONAL TRAIN SERVICE

Sakshi Nagar 11-08-2023 07:01 PM News

The network of Indian Railways has spread to every corner of the country. Hence train travel is opted for to travel across the country at a low cost. That's why we opt for a plane to go out of the country. But now Indian Railways has given the good news for the passengers. According to this, the first international train service will be started by Indian Railways. International train service will be started soon between India and Bhutan. This train will run from India's Assam to the neighboring country. This train is being started with the aim of improving tourism between the two countries. This potential railway connection is also expected to significantly enhance trade and tourism ties between the two neighboring countries. India's Foreign Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar gave information in this regard. He also said that we are looking forward to welcoming the Bhutanese railway passengers. Jaishankar has also focused on border infrastructure, including the border with China, in the last nine years.

Dr. S. Jaishankar emphasized that the Modi government has given priority to the development of border areas with the aim of facilitating seamless trade and connectivity. One of the major initiatives discussed was the proposed railway link from Gelphu to Kokrajhar, which lies on the Assam-Bhutan border. Additionally, the Minister addressed the challenges posed by the internal situation in Myanmar, which has affected various infrastructure projects including the Trilateral Highway Initiative involving India, Myanmar, and Thailand. The Trilateral Highway Project is envisioned as a key driver of regional connectivity. Jaishankar said the turmoil in Myanmar has created hurdles in ongoing infrastructure efforts, especially the section of the Trilateral Highway that is under construction, along with the construction of 69 bridges.

The survey has been completed in April 2023 to start the construction of the railway line between India and Bhutan. As Bhutan Live reports, the railway line will connect Gelephu in Bhutan and Kokrajhar in Assam, India. The construction of this 57 km long rail link is expected to be completed by 2026. Funds for this will be made available by the Government of India. It was told that the train on this route will be operated by the North East Frontier (NF) Railway.

Once completed, it will be the first railway connection between India and Bhutan and is expected to be completed by 2026. In April this year, Bhutan's Foreign Minister Dr. Tandi Dorji said that the Bhutanese government would first work on this project and then consider adding other areas such as Samtse, Phuentsholing, Nganglam, and Samdrupjongkhar. Earlier, Bhutan Live had said in a report that the survey to start the construction of the railway link between India and Bhutan was completed in April 2023 and the railway link will connect Gelephu in Bhutan and Kokrajhar in Assam, India. This step can contribute significantly to the economic development of the North Eastern states of India and West Bengal. It remains to be seen how these initiatives will pan out and contribute to the overall socio-economic scenario of the region.

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