Maitre-2 a second passenger bus to Kolkata via Dhaka is started from Agartala, Tripura, to give a boost to the trans-border relationship between India and Bangladesh.
Recently, the Maitre-2 buses were flagged off by Tripura Road Transport Corporation Chairman Rajendra Reang and MLA Ratan Das in Agartala.
The bus service is expected to improve the relationship between India and Bangladesh through people-to-people connectivity.
Ratan Das, on this occasion, said, “Tripura shares a fabulous history with Bangladesh. And Bengal is a close relative of Tripura because of the Bengali population. He stressed on increasing communication with both the Bengali-populated destinations”.
“The bus service between the nations will be fruitful for the locals as it will be time-saving and economical as the bus is scheduled to ply twice a week with a fare of Rupees 2200 and will take about 20 hours for reaching the destinations,” he added.
Reang said, “I hope it will further improve the relationship between India and Bangladesh and this initiative is towards that. I am sure that our relationship will keep improving.
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina jointly flagged off the Dhaka-Shillong-Guwahati and Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala bus services during Modi’s visit to Bangladesh around three years back.
Due to non-availability of air tickets and for other reasons, the buses have become a popular mode of transport between West Bengal and Tripura via Dhaka.
The first Maitre bus service was launched in the year 2015. The Kolkata-Dhaka bus link began in June 1999. And a separate Agartala-Dhaka service started in September 2003.