Changrabandha railway station
|Indian Railway Station|
|Location||Vill: Changrabandha, PS: Mekhliganj, Distt: Cooch Behar, West Bengal
|Owned by||Indian Railways|
|Operated by||Northeast Frontier Railway|
|Line(s)||New Mal Jn - Changrabandha Line|
|Tracks||New Mal Jn - Changrabandha Line|
|Status||Line converted to broad gauge|
|Zone(s)||Northeast Frontier Railway|
|Previous names||Bengal Dooars Railway|
Changrabandha (Bengali: চ্যাংড়াবান্ধা ) 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 line between New Mal Jn. and Changrabandha is now (2016) converted to Broad Gauge. The introduction of the train services were delayed as a result of delay in environmental clearance. However a pair of DMUs have been introduced on this route from Siliguri to Changrabandha via New Mal Jn from 20 January 2016.
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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