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State team in Dhaka to finalise issues

By SANJOY RAY

DHAKA, June 7 � The Guwahati-Dhaka bus service will take some time before it becomes a reality for the travel enthusiasts, even as the first official team of the Assam Government reached Dhaka today via Dawki and Sylhet after an overnight stay in Meghalaya capital Shillong.

Significantly, unlike Dhaka, Guwahati is yet to have the Consulate Office and the exact plan for the security escort, especially on the Indian side, is not yet clear.

�A few other issues also need to be finalised and it would be difficult to state when exactly the bus service will be open for the general public,� a senior Transport Department official team told The Assam Tribune from Guwahati.

At present, only Kolkata and Agartala are the visa issuing authorities.

Officials of the Bangladesh Government, however, said that the country was ready to facilitate regular bus service as and when asked.

Meanwhile, the Dhaka-Shillong-Guwahati bus, which was also flagged off from Dhaka on Saturday, entered the Indian territory. Boarders of both the buses exchanged pleasantries during a brief interaction near Jowai in Meghalaya this afternoon.

Passengers boarding the Guwahati-Dhaka bus, which was flagged off from Guwahati last evening, reached the Dawki border around 1.15 pm where officials of the Bangladesh Government welcomed them. After a brief halt at Dawki, the bus left for Dhaka around 2.45 pm.

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State team in Dhaka to finalise issues

DHAKA, June 7 � The Guwahati-Dhaka bus service will take some time before it becomes a reality for the travel enthusiasts, even as the first official team of the Assam Government reached Dhaka today via Dawki and Sylhet after an overnight stay in Meghalaya capital Shillong.

Significantly, unlike Dhaka, Guwahati is yet to have the Consulate Office and the exact plan for the security escort, especially on the Indian side, is not yet clear.

�A few other issues also need to be finalised and it would be difficult to state when exactly the bus service will be open for the general public,� a senior Transport Department official team told The Assam Tribune from Guwahati.

At present, only Kolkata and Agartala are the visa issuing authorities.

Officials of the Bangladesh Government, however, said that the country was ready to facilitate regular bus service as and when asked.

Meanwhile, the Dhaka-Shillong-Guwahati bus, which was also flagged off from Dhaka on Saturday, entered the Indian territory. Boarders of both the buses exchanged pleasantries during a brief interaction near Jowai in Meghalaya this afternoon.

Passengers boarding the Guwahati-Dhaka bus, which was flagged off from Guwahati last evening, reached the Dawki border around 1.15 pm where officials of the Bangladesh Government welcomed them. After a brief halt at Dawki, the bus left for Dhaka around 2.45 pm.