The bus service to Kathmandu starts from Siliguri of West Bengal

Siliguri: A bus service between Siliguri in northern West Bengal and Kathmandu in Nepal was halted on Wednesday, officials said.

The service will benefit hundreds of Nepalese who travel to Siliguri, Darjeeling and neighboring Sikkim to earn a living. It will also boost tourism in the area, they said.

The service was inaugurated at the Junction Bus Terminus by the state’s Minister of Transportation Firhad Hakim.

The bus, owned by the North Bengal State Transport Corporation (NBSTC), will be operated by a private agency. Tickets have been priced at Rs 1,500 and will be available at Tenzing Norgay bus terminus in the city.

The 40-seater bus will be operated from Siliguri on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. He will leave at 3 p.m.

Hakim said the West Bengal government is also planning a bus service from Siliguri to Bangladesh.

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