The much-awaited inaugural run of the Kolkata-Agartala via Dhaka bus, which was flagged off by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday, hit a roadblock with technical glitches preventing the journey.
Mediapersons and government officials who were supposed to leave by the bus were taken to another regular Kolkata-Agartala via Dhaka bus with the scheduled plan delayed for about three hours, as the glitches could not be removed.
“The delegation will go to Dhaka by the regular bus and another Kolkata-Agartala via Dhaka regular bus will accompany the bus as a spare. The original bus, which was flagged off today, will be thoroughly checked tomorrow and then it will resume its journey,” state Principal Secretary (Transport) Alapan Bandyopadhyay, who is also part of the delegation, said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina were to have flagged off the Dhaka-Agartala leg of the entire service on June 6 in Mamata’s presence.
Earlier flagging off the new bus, Mamata hoped this would bring both India and Bangladesh closer.
“The launch of the service makes this day forever memorable and historically significant for us. This will bring both India and Bangladesh closer and strengthen the friendship that we have.”
She added that the government also wants to introduce bus services from Malda and Siliguri to Bangladesh.
“Our relations are not of one day and it has been there for a long time… Waterways, land and roads will all be linked if our hearts are closer. The Land Boundary Agreement, which is going to be signed in Bangladesh, is historic,” Mamata said.