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Agartala-Dhaka bus service resumes

Agartala: The Agartala-Dhaka bus service resumed today after five months of suspension due to political turmoil in Bangladesh, officials said.

Managing Director of Tripura Road Transport Corporation R M Malakar said the bus – ‘Maitree’ (Friendship) today left with passengers for Dhaka.

‘Maitree’ would ply from Agartala to Dhaka on Monday and Friday and Bangladeshi bus ‘Shyamoli’ would shuttle on the route on Tuesday and Saturday.

The bus fare for the 140 km distance from Agartala to Dhaka has been fixed at Rs 180 per passenger, he said.

The bus service was suspended since January 9 last due to political turmoil in Bangladesh.

The Agartala-Dhaka bus service started in September 2003. Before that, the Kolkata-Dhaka bus service was introduced in July 1999.

Malakar said, talks are on in diplomatic level for introduction of Agartala–Kolkata direct bus service via Dhaka and Sylhet-Shillong-Guwahati bus service.

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