Burimari railway station

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Burimari
Bangladesh Railway Station
Station statistics
Address Lalmonirhat, Rangpur
 Bangladesh
Coordinates 26°23′48″N 88°56′04″E / 26.3967°N 88.9345°E / 26.3967; 88.9345
Line(s) Burimari-Lalmonirhat-Parbatipur Line
Structure type Standard (on ground station)
Other information
Opened 1900?
Station status Functioning
Formerly Bengal Dooars Railway

Burimari (Bengali: বুড়ীমারি) is a border railway station in Bangladesh, situated in Lalmonirhat District, in Rangpur Division. It is a land border crossing point and a defunct railway transit point on the Bangladesh-India border. The corresponding point on the Indian side is Changrabandha in Cooch Behar district.[1]

History[edit]

The Lalmonirhat-Malbazar metre gauge line was developed by the Bengal Dooars Railway in the closing years of the nineteenth century.[2] With the partition of India in 1947, the Indian side of the line terminated at Changrabandha and the Pakistani side, later Bangladeshi side, at Burimari.[3]

Present status[edit]

The Indian side of the old metre gauge line is now out service.[4] A new broad gauge line is being laid from New Mal Jn. to Changrabandha.[5]

The Bangladeshi side of the line is still functional but the track is in bad shape with frequent derailments. There are two local trains in a day running at a limited speed of 8–14 km per hour (as against 45 km per hour in normal sections).[6][7] Bangladesh Railway has planned for rehabilitation of the line.[8]

Direct buses are available between Siliguri and Changrabandha, and between Dhaka and Burimari.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Introducing Burimari". lonely planet. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  2. ^ "Bengal Dooars Railway". Fibis. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  3. ^ "Geography - International". IRFCA. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  4. ^ Mohan Bhuyan. "International Links from India". IRFCA. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  5. ^ "Rail Budget Speech - 25.02.11". New lines. surfindia.com. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  6. ^ "Lalmonirhat-burimari Route -45 trains derail in 5 months - Lack of sleepers, stone makes the run-down track risky". The Daily Star, 7 February 2009. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  7. ^ "For better railway between Lalmonirhat and Burimari". The Financial Express, 10 August 2009. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  8. ^ "Tk 14,531 crore BR projects to double capacity". Priyo Internet Life. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  9. ^ "North East India". p 299. lonely planet / Google Books. Retrieved 2011-12-10.