Kolkata: The prime minister, Narendra Modi, the Bangladesh prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, and the chief minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, Thursday jointly flagged off  through video conferencing the inaugural run of the Bandhan Express between Kolkata and Khulna.

The dignitaries also inaugurated a series of connectivity projects between the two countries. The second Bhairab and Titas railway bridges and the international rail passenger terminus at Chitpur in Kolkata were dedicated to the nations of India and Bangladesh by the VIPs.

External Affairs Minister Smt. Sushma Swaraj, also joined the event from New Delhi.