China moots Kolkata-Kunming bullet train link

Chinese Consul-General in Kolkata Ma Zhanwu. File   | Photo Credit: The Hindu

Chinese Consul-General in Kolkata Ma Zhanwu on September 12 said his country was mooting a bullet train service between Kunming and Kolkata, traversing through Myanmar and Bangladesh.

“With joint efforts of India and China, a high-speed rail link could be established between the two cities,” Mr. Ma said at a conference in Kolkata. “It will only take a few hours to reach Kolkata from Kunming if the rail link becomes a reality,” he asserted.

The envoy also said that Myanmar and Bangladesh would benefit from the project. “We may have a cluster of industries along the route. That increases the possibility of economic development of countries involved in the 2,800 km-long project,” he said.

The project had also found mention at the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) meeting at Kunming in 2015, he said. The rail route was aimed at boosting trade flow in the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) corridor, Mr. Ma said, adding that his country has been striving for the revival of Silk Route to increase connectivity from Kunming to Kolkata.

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