Jhapa, April 25

As part of the recent initiative to start direct shuttle service connecting Nepal, India, Bangladesh and Bhutan, two passenger buses arrived in Nepal from Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka today.

The buses belonging to Bangladesh’s Syamoli Transportation entered the country via Kakarbhitta entry point through Siliguri and Panitanki of India via the Bangalabandh-Fulbari route this afternoon two days after they had departed from Dhaka on Monday.

On the occasion, Mechi Nagar Municipality Mayor Bimal Acharya, along with Mechi Customs chief Tek Bahadur Aryal and Nepal-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce Chairperson Pannalal Jain today reached the Mechi bridge and welcomed the high-ranking officials of Bangladesh and India who were travelling on the buses.

The passenger conveyances arrived in Nepal as part of the first test service following the agreement to launch direct transportation to among these countries.

An 80-member team led by Bangladesh Transport Corporation Chairperson Farid Ahamad Bhuiyan were on board.

Similarly, while Physical Planning and Transport Ministry’s senior divisional engineer Govind Prasad Kharel led the Nepali team, a high ranking official Amit Manjal of the Indian Transportation Ministry led the Indian team.

Following immigration-related processes, the buses headed for Kathmandu. They are said to have a stopover at Chitwan’s Sauraha, where a special programme will be organised on behalf of the government of Nepal.