Dhaka preparing to operate direct bus service to Kathmandu soon

Dhaka preparing to operate direct bus service to Kathmandu soon

Bangladesh is currently expediting preparations for the launch of the Dhaka-Kathmandu international bus service, spanning a distance of 813 kilometers. The country is also making strides in readying bus services on four new routes in Nepal and India, in line with the BBIN (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal) motor vehicles agreement facilitated by the Asian Development Bank and signed in June 2015. While Bhutan is yet to provide its approval, Bangladesh has initiated groundwork for an international bus service connecting Nepal and India, aiming to meet the growing demand for affordable and accessible transportation. Despite the initial trial of the Dhaka-Kathmandu bus service in 2018, the plans faced setbacks due to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation is proposing additional routes to connect major cities, including Dhaka and Kathmandu, Chatgaun and Kolkata, Dhaka and Gangtok, as well as Darjeeling, Barishal, and Kolkata. Despite facing obstacles such as tightened borders and visa-related issues due to the ongoing pandemic, Bangladesh remains optimistic about resolving these challenges and commencing the bus service soon. The collaborative effort involves the Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation, West Bengal Transport Corporation, and Shyamoli NR Travels, highlighting a commitment to joint operations for enhanced connectivity. This initiative is poised to benefit not only the general population but also Nepali students studying in Bangladesh and Bangladeshi tourists exploring Nepal, as evidenced by the notable increase in travel between the two nations in recent years.

The historical context reveals that Bangladesh initiated its first international bus service with India in 1999, and the Dhaka-Kolkata service remains operational. The proposed expansion of services to Chatgaun-Kolkata and Dhaka-Gangtok-Darjeeling routes signifies a broader regional integration effort. Bangladesh and Nepal had previously aimed to finalize an agreement on direct bus services in July 2012 at a foreign secretary-level meeting. However, the plan faced obstacles without a dedicated bilateral agreement between Nepal and India regarding the use of Indian territory. In a positive development, the two nations did sign an agreement on the carriage of transit cargo, offering Nepal access to Chittagong and Mongla ports in Bangladesh.

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