Changrabandha railway station
Indian Railway Station
|Address||Vill: Changrabandha, PS: Mekhliganj, Distt: Cooch Behar, West Bengal
|Tracks||New Mal Jn - Changrabandha Line|
|Zone(s)||Northeast Frontier Railway|
|Owned by||Indian Railways|
|Operator||Northeast Frontier Railway|
|Station status||Line being converted to broad gauge|
|Formerly||Bengal Dooars Railway|
Changrabandha (Bengali: চাঙ্গড়াবান্ধা ) is a land border crossing point and a defunct rail transit point on the India-Bangladesh border in Cooch Behar district in the Indian state of West Bengal. The corresponding point on the Bangladesh side is Burimari in Lalmonirhat District.
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 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.
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