China ex­plores bul­let train to Kolkata from Kun­ming

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CHI­NESE Con­sul Gen­eral in Kolkata Ma Zhanwu said on Wed­nes­day his coun­try was moot­ing a bul­let train ser­vice be­tween Kun­ming and Kolkata, travers­ing through Myan­mar and Bangladesh. With joint ef­forts of In­dia and China, a high-speed rail link could be es­tab­lished be­tween the two cities, Zhanwu said.

“It will only take a few hours to reach Kolkata from Kun­ming if the rail link be­comes a re­al­ity,” he as­serted. The en­voy also said that Myan­mar and Bangladesh would ben­e­fit from the project. “We may have a clus­ter of in­dus­tries along the route. That in­creases the pos­si­bil­ity of eco­nomic development of coun­tries in­volved in the 2,800 km-long project,” he main­tained.

The project had also found men­tion at the Greater Mekong Sub­re­gion (GMS) meet in Kun­ming in 2015, he said.

The rail route was aimed at boost­ing trade flow in the Bangladesh-China-In­dia-Myan­mar (BCIM) cor­ri­dor, Zhanwu said, adding that his coun­try has been striv­ing for the re­vival of Silk Route to in­crease con­nec­tiv­ity from Kun­ming to Kolkata.

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