The trial run of Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala direct bus service began on 1 June 2015. The bus started its journey from Kolkata with senior officials of West Bengal Transport Department (WBTD). The officials of WBTD took the ride to finalise the modalities of the route.
During the travel, the bus will cross over to Bangladesh and enter Tripura through the Akhaura check post and reach Agartala International Bus Terminus of Tripura Road Transport Corporation (TRTC) on 2 June 2015. During its journey, the bus will cross two international checkpoints- Petrapole between West Bengal and Bangladesh and second is Akhuara on Tripura-Bangladesh border.
With the launch of the Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala direct bus service, the time taken to reach Agartala from Kolkata will be reduced to 17 hours. Earlier, the distance was covered in three days.
The service will be regularized once an agreement will be inked between the two nations during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh on 6 and 7 June 2015. Besides, India and Bangladesh will also announce Dhaka-Shillong-Guwahati service during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh.
Prior to this, the two Indian states were directly connected with Bangladesh through two different bus services, that is, Dhaka-Kolkata Direct Bus Service that started in 1999 and Dhaka-Agartala Direct Bus Service that started in 2001.
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