The Lalmonirhat-Malbazar metre gauge line was developed by the Bengal Dooars Railway in the closing years of the nineteenth century. 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.
The Indian side of the old metre gauge line is now out service. A new broad gauge line is being laid from New Mal Jn. to Changrabandha.
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). Bangladesh Railway has planned for rehabilitation of the line.
Direct buses are available between Siliguri and Changrabandha, and between Dhaka and Burimari.