Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has inaugurated 'Benapole Express', an intercity train that will ply between capital Dhaka and Benapole.
She flagged off the new train through a videoconference from her official residence Ganabhaban on Wednesday.
The Benapole Express, having 896 seats in 12 compartments, will have stopovers in Ishwardi, Jashore, and Dhaka Airport stations.
The train will leave Benapole at 11.30am and reach Dhaka at around 7:00pm. On the other hand, it will depart Dhaka for Beanpole at 12.30am and reach the destination at around 8:00am, says a UNB report.
The ticket price for the train has been fixed at Tk 534 for Shovan chair, Tk 1,013 for Snigdha, Tk 1,213 for air-conditioned seats each, and Tk 1,869 for air-conditioned berth. Its coaches have been procured from Indonesia.
Mass people will be able to avail themselves of the train service during the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha.
The train will reduce the existing travel time by one hour and 15 minutes, helping the Bangladesh Railway earn Tk 340 million annually.
From the programme, the Prime Minister also inaugurated the extension of Dhaka-Rajshahi nonstop intercity 'Bonolata Express' train service to Chapainawabganj. Earlier, Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the service on April 25.
Railways Minister Nurul Islam Sujan and ADB Country Director Manmohan Parkash were also present at Ganabhaban.
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