China plans bullet train to Kolkata via Bangladesh, Myanmar
Chinese Consul General in Kolkata Ma Zhanwu on Wednesday said his country was mooting a bullet train service between Kunming and Kolkata, traversing through Myanmar and Bangladesh, reports NDTV.
With joint efforts of India and China, a high-speed rail link could be established between the two cities, Zhanwu said at a conference.
"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 maintained.
The project had also found mention at the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) meet in Kunming in 2015, he said.
The rail route was aimed at boosting trade flow in the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) corridor, Zhanwu said, adding that his country has been striving for the revival of Silk Route to increase connectivity from Kunming to Kolkata.