Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee jointly flagged off the Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala and Dhaka-Shillong-Guwahati bus services on Saturday afternoon.
At a colourful programme, the three leaders met at the Bangladesh Prime Minister's Office (PMO) to launch the bus services, which will run through key cities of the two neighbouring countries, in a move being seen as Bangladesh allowing road transit to India, a long standing Indian demand.
It will be the first direct bus service connecting Kolkata and north-eastern India through Bangladesh. Then they proceeded to the Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala bus and exchanged pleasantries with the passengers. Thereafter they got in the buses of Agartala-Dhaka-Kolkata and Dhaka-Shillong-Guwahati routes and greeted the passengers too.
The two Prime Ministers and West Bengal Chief Minister then went to the decorated dais where Sheikh Hasina symbolically handed over the ticket of Dhaka-Shillong-Guwahati bus to the Indian Prime Minister.