PM Modi, Sheikh Hasina today to hold a virtual summit India and Bangladesh are expected to restore a cross-border railway line after 55 years, and on Thursday at a virtual summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and her Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina. Several agreements were included, with people familiar with the said event. The opening of the Chillhati-Haldibari rail link is expected to increase connectivity from Assam and Bangladesh to West Bengal.
Both Prime Ministers are also expected to issue a commemorative postage stamp on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman commemorating the birth centenary of the Father of Bangladesh.
Modi and Hasina are set to jointly inaugurate a digital exhibition on Mujibur Rahman and Mahatma Gandhi in an effort to celebrate the life and legacy of eminent leaders who are familiar with the developments.
He said that about five agreements are expected to be inducted during the summit. India and Bangladesh have been making efforts over the years to increase transportation and connectivity. Inauguration of the Haldibari-Chilhati link for operationalization between the two countries The fifth pre-1965 railway link to be built.
The Haldibari-Chilhati rail link was part of the broad gauge main route from Kolkata to Siliguri. However, the 1965 war effectively cut off all railway links. Initially, the rail link will facilitate the movement of goods cargo. He said that passenger movement will also start on the development of infrastructure on both sides.