India, Nepal launch Kathmandu-Siliguri bus service
India and Nepal have launched Nepal’s capital Kathmandu and Siliguri in West Bengal. The first bus service on this route was flagged off by Nepal’s Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transportation Raghubir Mahaseth and Indian Ambassador Manjeev Singh Puri rom Kathmandu. It is overall 11th route for bus service between Nepal and India, of the total 13 routes that have been approved for operating regular bus services between the two countries.
Kathmandu-Siliguri bus service
It will operate on a daily basis. On this 650 kilometre long route, 44-seater air conditioned deluxe bus will be operating and cover this distance in 18 hours. The bus will leave Kathmandu daily at 3 P.M. and reach Siliguri via Kakarvitta-Panitanki border next day at around 9 A.M.
Significance: The direct bus service will benefit visitors of two countries and also help to expand trade links and connectivity. It will further strengthen people-to-people links between the two countries.