India-Bangladesh review progress of passenger bus services.

Indo-Bangladesh ties gained further strength when officials from the Transport, Home and  Foreign Affairs Ministries  from both sides met in Shillong on the 4th of May to review the progress of the passenger bus services between the two countries.  Transport Commissioners and representatives of Transport Corporations of Assam, West Bengal, Tripura and Meghalaya, and officials of Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, External Affair and BSF attended the meeting on the Indian side. The Bangladesh officials included   Joint Secretary, Road Transport Ministry and officials from Ministry of Foreign Affair and Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation. The bus operators from both countries were also present in the meeting. The objective of the meeting was to take stock of the bus services plying on four routes between the two countries, and bring in improvement wherever possible to facilitate smooth and comfortable movement of passengers.

The meeting discussed the need for improving visa clearance facilities so as to make the clearance faster. For this, Bangladesh proposes to strengthen its existing Consulate in Agartala In addition to this, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs has approved   setting up another Bangladesh Consulate  in Guwahati . The meeting also discussed issues like improving passenger amenities on both sides. A demand for adding a stoppage in Bangladesh on the Kolkata-Dhaka route and the issue of rationalizing fares were also taken up in the meeting .

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