The North Bengal State Transport Corporation (NBSTC) is planning to launch a bus service between India and Bangladesh, connecting Siliguri’s Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminus to the capital city of Dhaka.

After Nepal, this time we have taken the initiative to start the Dhaka-Siliguri bus service through Phulbari. We got a good response on the Siliguri-Kathmandu bus service with a private company. Encouraged by that, now Phulbari will also be managed by an external agency. If everything goes well, we hope to start this service by March,” Roy said.Samrat Sanyal, the secretary of Himalayan Hospitality and Travel Development Network said, “Great initiative.

Many tourists from Bangladesh come to India, especially through the Phulbari border. Apart from tourism, many people come to India for higher education and medical treatment. Though there is an India-Bangladesh train service, it is not enough.”

The service is expected to boost the tourism industry and provide ease of business. The request for permission for the inter-country bus service has been sent to the Bangladesh government through the center, and work will be accelerated as soon as the permit is granted. The service will follow a similar model to the successful Indo-Nepal bus service, which saw high demand and calls to increase the number of buses. The bus service will be operated through the Phulbari border adjacent to Siliguri, and will be provided by NBSTC or other agencies on a contract basis. The service is planned to start by March, with the State Government having already sanctioned Rs 6 crore for the project.

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