The Agartala-Kolkata bus service via Dhaka, formally flagged off on Saturday, has come as a boon for the people of the north eastern states and Kolkata, with medical treatment, jobs, education, tourism, trade and commerce all likely to get a big boost.
A cross section of commoners and experts IANS spoke to in Agartala and Kolkata seemed ecstatic at the Indo-Bangladesh initiative which has drastically reduced travel time between the two cities, making the journey affordable and smooth.
Due to linguistic and cultural reasons, Tripura and West Bengal – both predominantly Bengali speaking – share a special bond.
But till now, one had to cover a road distance of 1,650 km to travel between the capital cities of West Bengal and Tripura via Guwahati. However, the distance between Agartala and Kolkata via Bangladesh is only around 515 km.