10th bus service between India and Nepal was launched on Monday. The new service will be between Kathmandu and Siliguri.
The new programme was launched during an event in the outskirts of Kathmandu on Monday. Nepal Minister for Transport Management Raghubir Mahaseth and Indian Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri jointly flagged off the bus service.
According to the bus operators, Kathmandu-Kakarbhitta-Siliguri bus service will operate on a daily basis. In the beginning, India will operate buses on the route.
“The people of Nepal and India have historical links since the time of Ramayan and Mahabharat, which will be further strengthened through this bus service,” said Mr. Mahaseth at the event.
“The direct bus service will not only benefit visitors of the two countries but will also help to expand trade links,” he told.
“This is the 10th bus service between Nepal and India. The Kathmandu-Gorakhpur direct bus service will also start in the near future,” he added.
“Kathmandu-Siliguri route is an important land route between Nepal and India as it connects eastern Nepal with Siliguri and Darjeeling in West Bengal. This will further strengthen people-to-people links between the two countries”, said Indian Ambassador Puri.