Published:  02:47 AM, 14 September 2018

Kunming-Kolkata bullet train service via BD on cards

Kunming-Kolkata bullet train service via BD on cards

Chinese Consul General in Kolkata Ma Zhanwu said Wednesday his country was mooting a bullet train service between Kunming and Kolkata, traversing through Myanmar and Bangladesh, reports NDTV.

A high-speed rail link could be established between the two cities with joint efforts of India and China, Zhanwu said at a conference. "It will only take a few hours to reach Kolkata from Kunming if the rail link becomes a reality," he said. 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.

Asserting that the much-vaunted Belt and Road Initiative is not a scheme designed by China to conquer the world or its neighborhood, Zhanwu said the project is all about "shared benefits and development" through consultations and discussions.

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