Those planning a trip to Bhutan, allow us to add another reason for you to accelerate your plans. Here’s the news—it will soon be possible to take a train from India to Bhutan. Yes, you read that right! By Kumar Shree
The Railway Board recently commissioned a survey to establish a cross-border rail link between India and Bhutan. If everything goes right, the Munjai-Nyoenpaling line connecting India and Bhutan will soon become a reality.
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal was recently in Bhutan, where he steered a business delegation for the Bhutan-India Start-up Summit 2020. Reports suggest that a team from Indian Railways will soon visit Bhutan for a discussion with the State Mining Corporation. The meeting will help finalise a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the export of railway ballast.
Both the countries have also discussed and finalised about the designation and notification of new transit customs railway stations. These stations will be at Pandu, Jogighopa, and Agartala. A land customs station will also be set up at Nagarkatta as a permanent customs station.
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Apart from the Munjai-Nyoenpaling line between India and Bhutan, a new railway link will also connect northeast India to Bangladesh. This line may start operating from next year onward. A few days ago, Union Minister Jitendra Singh also talked about the same to the media. He said that the line will become functional by the end of 2021.