Agartala-Kolkata bus service via Dhaka resumes | India is blooming

Agartala: The daily Agartala-Kolkata bus service via Dhaka was halted on Friday with 28 passengers in a simple ceremony after a two-year hiatus due to Covid19.

Tripura Transport Minister Pranajit Singha Roy said the 40-seat Volvo bus will run daily on both sides except Friday which will comparatively facilitate a cheaper trip to Kolkata from Agartala covering a distance of about 500 km via Dhaka in about 19 hours.

The train journey between Agartala and Kolkata took at least 36 hours through high and difficult terrain from the northern hills of Cachar, but via Dhaka through the plains of Bangladesh, including a thrilling ferry ride across the Padma River.

Travel time will be just over half of the train journey and travel cost to Kolkata will be Rs 2200 and to Dhaka Rs 900 including travel tax, Singha Roy said.
The bus service was suspended the last week of March 2020 with the peak of coronavirus and restrictions on cross-border movement.

The two countries lifted all restrictions on the movement of passengers into Bangladesh two months ago through the land ports of Akhaura and Benapole.

As per the agreement, Tripura Road Transport Corporation operates a bus to Kolkata via Dhaka from Agartala and Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation operates a bus from Kolkata Salt Lake to Agartala via Dhaka.

Despite affordable flight and train services between Agartala and Kolkata, people prefer bus journeys via Dhaka not only because of the shorter distance but also for the thrilling landscape of the plains of Bangladesh and the crossing of the mighty river Padma by ferry since 1999.

The resumption of the Agartala-Kolkata bus service via Dhaka was canceled in April this year twice for not obtaining permission from the Bangladeshi authorities to enter the bus with passengers.

(With UNI inputs)

Melvin Z. Madore