You might have traveled to the World’s Happiest Country, Bhutan by road or by air from India. But here’s where your India-Bhutan journey is going to get a whole lot picturesque, as there will soon be a train connecting the two countries. The survey has been commissioned by the Railway Board to establish the Mujnai-Nyoenpaling line s there can be a cross-border rail link between India and Bhutan. We’re not screaming, you are!!
Bhutan-India Train Details
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal was recently in Bhutan for the Start-up Summit 2020. Reportedly, a team from Indian Railways will visit the hilly country and have a word with the State Mining Corporation in Bhutan. This meeting will be held for finalizing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the export of railway ballast, which is the gravel used to create the bed of a railway track from Bhutan to India.
According to the reports both countries have spoken about the notification and designation of new transit custom railway stations at Pandu, Jogighopa and Agartala. There was also a discussion for making customs station at Nagarkatta as a permanent customs station. Apart from the India-Bhutan train link, northeast India will also be linked to Bangaladesh through the new Indian Railways line. The work for this might commence next year. Here’s All You Need To Know Before Planning A Trip To Bhutan
Jitendra Singh, the Union Minister informed the media that the railway line connecting northeast Indian to Bangalore will start operating by the end the year 2021. According to the minister, once the construction of the train line between Tripura’s Agartala and Bangladesh’s Akhaura is done, then the first train might travel from northeast India to Bangladesh on India’s 75th Independence Day in 2022. The ministry will be laying a 5.46km long track on the Indian side. While on the Bangladesh side the cost of laying a 10.6km track will be taken care of by the External Affairs Ministry. Well, we hope the projects go on smoothly and we can soon enjoy the experience of traveling to Bhutan or Bangladesh by train from India. When you go to Bhutan here 10 Unique Things To Do