Vol. 4 Num 277 Mon. March 08, 2004  
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Lalmoni Express starts rolling

Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday inaugurated Lalmoni Express inter-city train, making direct rail link between the northern town and the capital.

The PM launched the train's maiden trip to Dhaka at a simple ceremony at Lalmonirhat railway station at 12:20pm.

A special munajat was also offered on the occasion.

According to sources, the train, running via Jamuna Multipurpose Bridge, would use meter gauge rails to carry passengers to and from Lalmonirhat every day except Saturdays.

It would also stop at Kaunia, Gaibandha, Bogra, Shantahar, Natore, Sadanandapur, Saidabad, Ibrahimabad, Tangail, Joydevpur and Dhaka airport stations en route to Kamalapur.

From Tuesday, it would start for Dhaka at 10:30am from Lalmonirhat and reach Kamalapur station at 8:20pm. It would leave Kamalapur at 9:20pm and arrive at the northern town at 7:15am the next day.

The train with first class, chair coach and 'shovon' class seats would charge its commuters between Tk 200 and Tk 575.

Among others, Communications Minister Nazmul Huda, Disaster Management and Relief Minister Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yusuf, Asadul Habib Dulu, deputy minister for disaster management and relief, Mosaddek Ali, political secretary to the PM, and top Bangladesh Railway officials attended the opening ceremony.